The number of freelancers in 2020 increased by 76%
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The number of freelancers in 2020 increased by 76%

24 December 2020, 10:01SocietyPhoto: apral.ru
During 2020, the number of freelancers in Russia grew by 76%. They were able to earn more than 110 million rubles from their services. The number of orders compared to the previous year also increased by 38%.

Such data are given in the study of the freelance exchange FL.ru and IT TalentTech, the results of which are cited by RIA Novosti.

The largest increase in the number of freelancers this year was noted in the "Texts" category - 321%. The proposals in the category "Management" also increased significantly - 240%, "Transfers" - 234%, "Mobile applications" - 171%.

Customers were mainly interested in services in the categories "Audio / Video" - an increase of 130%, "Game Development" - plus 104% and "Training and Consulting" - plus 90%.

According to the number of orders for freelancers, the categories "Website Development", "Design and Art" and "Texts" remain for two years. At the same time, in Game Development, customer interest has doubled.

"The surge in the number of orders fell on April-May, a period of active self-isolation, when people had to spend a lot of time at home. The increase in orders in the category "Audio / Video" year-on-year amounted to 57%, an increased interest in this type of service was characteristic throughout the year", - said Anatoly Orlov, executive director of the FL.ru exchange.

The most expensive orders were in the Mobile Applications category. The average check there was 13,863 rubles. Also, services for "Optimization (SEO)" turned out to be quite profitable - 10 178 rubles, in Architecture / Interior - 8 356 rubles.

"The most expensive orders in 2020 was a project to develop a website for a betting company "from scratch", it was estimated at 650 thousand rubles, at 370 thousand rubles - the creation of a mobile application with elements of Augmented Reality (AR) and Computer Vision, and at 320 thousand rubles - redesign of the website of the online store of household appliances", - Orlov told.

Of those tasks that do not require programming skills, the highest price was offered to promote the site to the "top" search - 150 thousand rubles. The translation of the cookbook from English into Italian also cost the customer dearly - 104,400 rubles. The interior design of an apartment in New Moscow was estimated at 100 thousand rubles.

However, data from a survey of the National Guild of Freelancers indicate that during the pandemic, incomes fell for half of the “free-employed”. Moreover, every sixth freelancer in Russia was unemployed during this period.

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