Apple 'app fatigue' setting in, according to job research

A report from outsourcing marketplace Freelancer.com has revealed that Apple iOS jobs have dropped in Q4 2012, for the first time in the report’s history.

The results were calculated in a list of the top 50 jobs in the IT industry, and was extracted from 261,003 jobs posted on Freelancer.com during the third quarter of 2012.

And it transpired that there are fewer Apple jobs on the market now than a few months ago. Jobs related to iPhones went down from 5508 to 5298 jobs posted – a downturn of 3.8% – whilst iPad-related vacancies fell to 2036 from 2376 – a 14% drop.

Android, by contrast, went up 7%, according to the research, but it has to be noted that with 4282, there appears to be fewer Android jobs than Apple in the market.

Elsewhere, there was an increase in jobs for the vast majority of programming languages. There were 650 more C# jobs posted in Q3 – perhaps an evident sign why C# was crowned 2012’s “language of the year” by PYPL earlier this year – with Java experiencing 28% growth

HTML5 jobs went up 26% to 3827 jobs, but it remained outside the top 30 jobs in the IT sector.

The three most popular job topics for recruiters to advertise for were web hosting (an increase of 3340%); software testing (2554%) and website testing (2055%).

“The Freelancer Fast 50 is uniquely placed to provide insights into ups and downs in the demand for skills, technologies, products and performance of companies through analysis of over 100,000 jobs per quarter being posted online,” said Matt Barrie, Freelancer.com CEO in a prepared statement.

Of course, there is a certain amount to scrutinise in these results. The job titles are somewhat vague – ‘iPhone’ could mean anything – and there’s little context surrounding the data.

But it could be inferred that these results pave the way to Android’s dominance in the OS race. IDC senior research analyst Ramon Llamas said in August that Droid “continues to fire on all cylinders” following research claiming Android powered 68% of all smartphones shipped.

The full list of results can be found here. Is this a further barometer of Android's dominance?

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