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261% increase in students working in digital sector survey finds

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By The Drum Team | Staff Writer

July 4, 2011 | 3 min read

The digital sector has seen a 261% increase in students finding work within the digital sector, research has found.

According to online business marketplace PeoplePerHour.com, the last year has seen a rapid rise in the number of students working in digital and that they are earning more, with an increase of 515% invoicing in the last year.

37% of bill were made to the 3D design and web design sector, while 31% of billing for web development and 22% for writing and translation services.

Xenios Thrasyvoulou, founder and CEO of PeoplePerHour.com, commented: “Students are embracing remote working through the internet to gain skills and earn income by becoming digital consultants. In previous times students would have to spend their summer holidays working in a pub or in a factory gaining few long-term employable skills. But today thanks to remote working sites like PeoplePerHour.com students are able to become professionals quicker, by trading their skills online with employers.

“Not only do our figures show that the students are earning more money than before, but that working remotely and undertaking proper paid work is becoming a real alternative to expensive traditional internships.

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“It is not surprising that students, fed-up with being taken advantage of by big firms promising them the earth with fools’ gold internships, are using their knowledge of technology to create their own remote internships, which not only provide real work but pay real money,” he added.

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