A survey by freelance website DoNanza found that while the number of freelance jobs has been rising, compensation for some kinds of jobs, especially those in marketing, is declining.
DoNanza found that the number of jobs rose from 1.3 million in 2010, to 1.7 million in 2011, to 900,000 in the first half of 2012.
The Israel-based company runs a jobs board for freelancers in a variety of fields. It currently lists 100,000 jobs for freelancers, which on a quick perusal seem to be aggregated from sites including craigslist and monster.com.
It reported that there are 42 million independent workers in the United States, a number that comes from the Freelancers Union. Clearly, these numbers are all over the map: in another recent blog post, Elaine reported on a study showing that there are 17 million independent workers in the United States. The study Elaine reported on predicted that there would be 23 million jobs within five years.
While different sources different on the baseline, the idea that the number of independent workers is growing seems fairly universal.
DoNanza found that revenue from the jobs on its board grew from $650 million in 2010 to $850 million in 2011, and is at $600 million for the first half of 2012.
The number of jobs in some fields grew, like graphic design (which took an 80% leap in 2012 compared with 2011), HTML, translation, illustration and sales. Compensation, meanwhile, fell by double-digit percentages for a lot of jobs in marketing areas, including social media marketing, social networking and ebook. You can see the breakout survey here.
DoNanza recently introduced a 1Click Advertising service, which advertises a freelancer’s services online for $50 per month. I’ve signed up for a one-month trial, and will report back on what kinds of jobs I find — or find me.
If anybody else has used DoNanza, please share your experience.