Top Earning Freelancer Countries Revealed in Elance-oDesk’s Annual Impact Report 2014

The world’s two freelancing giants oDesk and Elance, who merged exactly an year ago, have published the Elance-oDesk’s Annual Impact Report, 2014. The report reveals top earning freelancer countries on the two platforms among many other groundbreaking statistics.

Though the companies have merged but their freelancing operations still work on their existing models. The statistics shown in the annual impact report are stated as combined figures of both Elance and oDesk.

According to the report, about $900 million was earned by some 9.4 million registered freelancers who come from more than 180 countries. The portals have over 3.7 million registered businesses. In 2014 alone, more than 2.7 million jobs were posted.

Elance-oDesk’s Annual Impact Report 2014

Here are some statistics published in the report.

Top 10 client countries by spend on Elance-oDesk (Q2 2014)

  1. United States
  2. Australia
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Canada
  5. United Arab Emirates
  6. Germany
  7. France
  8. Netherlands
  9. Israel
  10. Singapore

Top Earning Freelancer countries (Q2 2014)

  1. India
  2. United States
  3. Philippines
  4. Ukraine
  5. Pakistan
  6. Russia
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Canada
  9. United Kingdom
  10. China

10 Fastest-growing client countries (2 year CAGR · Q4 2012–Q4 2014, $100K minimum)

  1. Finland
  2. China
  3. France
  4. Russia
  5. Sweden
  6. Malta
  7. Germany
  8. Mexico
  9. Brazil
  10. Romania
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10 Fastest-growing freelancer countries 2 year CAGR )Q4 2012–Q4 2014, $100K minimum)

  1. Montenegro
  2. Madagascar
  3. Venezuela
  4. Slovenia
  5. Norway
  6. Nicaragua
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina
  8. Chile
  9. Japan
  10. Costa Rica

11 Most Valuable Skills on Elance-oDesk

  1. Web programmer
  2. Graphic designer
  3. Writer/Blogger
  4. Online marketer
  5. Mobile developer
  6. Admin asst.
  7. Sales/Lead gen
  8. Marketing strategy expert
  9. Project manager
  10. Engineer
  11. Financial expert/Accountant

This report presents the results of three online surveys conducted by Genesis
Research Associates, an independent marketing research consultancy. The first
survey assessed the work attitudes and satisfaction of Elance-oDesk freelancers
vs. average workers (Work Fulfillment Survey); the second was an in-depth
profile of Elance-oDesk freelancers (Freelancer Profile Survey); the third was an
in-depth profile of Elance-oDesk clients. Genesis Research Associates collected
and tabulated survey data for all three reports and consulted with Elance-oDesk
on the presentation of data

You can read the complete report here.