The ICT sector was the most in-demand industry vertical in Australia for freelance talent in 2018, according to the latest data from freelance marketplace Expert360 . The Australia-based freelance management platform and marketplace also revealed that its platform’s highest-performing individual freelancer earned $330,000 during the year. Within the IT and telecommunications vertical, the review also identified a significant increase in demand in the technology strategy, IT project and program management and technical business analysis categories compared to last year. During 2018, the most in-demand freelance skill at the junior and mid level was project and program management, followed by change management, business strategy and transformation, business/data analytics, and data science/big data. At the mid to senior level, the most in-demand skills were program management, IT project management, business strategy and transformation, procurement and category management, customer strategy, and marketing strategy. Technology strategists were earning an average of $2200 per day on the platform, with business strategists earning $1400, project and program managers $900 per day, data and business analysts $800 per day and marketing specialists $850 per day. “It’s not surprising that technology specialists were the most in-demand in 2018,” Expert360 CEO Bridget Loudon said. “An exponential number of businesses are going through large-scale digital transformation programs and are reliant on top contingent talent to drive this process.” In the year ahead, Expert360 is predicting that the most in-demand freelance skills will include strategy consultants, agile coaches, project and program managers, and business analysts. Image credit: ©iStockphoto.com/OJO_Images Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA) is a not-for-profit organisation focused on continual professional development for its 18,700 members. To learn more about becoming an ITPA member, and the range of training opportunities, mentoring programs, events and online forums available, go to www.itpa.org.au.