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Hourly Rates for US Freelance Software Developers Up 35%

A study of freelance software developers reveals a sharp increase in hourly rates for US-based talent, up 35% from 2008. Findings are based on analysis of over 1,800 software development assignments over the last 12 months. The study was conducted by oDesk, the marketplace for online workteams. Analysis also reveals increased rates in the Ukraine (21%), Pakistan (10%), and Russia (3%). Developers in Canada, Philippines, UK, and Bolivia saw hourly rates dip by 10% or more.

This rate increase showcases both the quality of providers in the US and the interest of buyers worldwide to hire top talent Freelance software jobs include programming and development using skills such as PHP, MySQL, Java, and XHTML. oDesk data is drawn from thousands of small to medium-sized businesses that use its platform to hire, manage, and pay software development professionals around the world. There are nearly 64,000 freelance software developers registered on oDesk.

"This rate increase showcases both the quality of providers in the US and the interest of buyers worldwide to hire top talent", said oDesk CEO, Gary Swart. "Even in today's economic climate, oDesk is seeing providers with top skills command competitive rates. This is in large part because of oDesk's transparency, which allows providers to build up online reputations with work histories showing strong feedback from their buyers."



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