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Talent-on-demand report 2024: The skills in demand and what clients are paying by region

By Niclas Thelander

Talent-on-Demand report 2024: The skills in demand and what clients are paying by region

Rapid market changes and uncertainty driving the need for talent agility

In an era of uncertainty and rapid technological advancements, talent agility has emerged as a critical strategy to be prepared for whatever is around the corner. The most successful companies across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Middle East have moved from just thinking about agile workforce models, to actually implementing them.

Here’s why: Organisations need to be able to respond swiftly to market fluctuations and an uncertain outlook, and agile talent provides the flexibility to pivot strategies and operations effectively and efficiently. This agility is crucial for staying competitive.

But the trend towards talent flexibility is not just driven by the employers. Far from it. Especially in the highly skilled segments of the freelance market, professionals are increasingly looking to take control of their careers by going independent.   

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Busted talent myths reinforcing the trend toward agile workforce models

We have identified four myths surrounding the talent market; myths that are now being busted one by one:

  • Employers control careers.
  • Credibility equals job title and longevity.
  • Freelancing is transactional and low value.
  • Talent is localised.

The result of these myths being busted is that more skilled and sought-after professionals are going independent every year. This reinforces the trend, as the growing availability of high-quality talent makes it easier for enterprises and consulting firms to execute flexible workforce models – at scale.  

Introducing Outsized’s Talent-on-Demand Report 2024

Most industry reports on the freelance market rely on generic third-party sources and give only vague information on the actual rates paid by clients. Not this one. We are happy to share insights and trends based on proprietary data gathered from thousands of projects posted on Outsized’s platform over the past year.

Inside Outsized’s Talent-on-Demand Report 2024 you will find the following:

  • A unique, data-driven, breakdown of the independent talent markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and India.
  • The skills that were in highest demand in 2023 in each region.
  • The day rates that clients actually pay for different freelance skills.
  • The independent talent demand trends for 2024.

Dive inside the report for fact-based, data-driven analyses of the state of the independent talent market 2024 in some of the fastest growing markets in the world. You can access the full PDF report HERE (no signup or form fill required).

Get in touch with Outsized

Should you have any questions on the report, require more local insights, or want to discuss how Outsized can help execute agile talent models at scale, please get in touch below.