Demand for UK fashion designers have surged in the past six months with online searches seeing a 125% increase.
Latest figures by gig economy platform Fiverr, reveal searches for clothing design have also risen 116%.
This report comes at a time when side hustles are surging in Britain, with one in three Brits out of work or on furlough setting up side hustles for extra income.
Peggy de Lange, vice-president of international expansion at Fiverr said: “This data is not surprising given how the fashion industry has transformed during COVID-19. In-person retail experiences are less desirable to the average consumer when it’s so easy to shop online safely. This shift has been advantageous to small independent fashion brands who are under less pressure to be sold by retailers, or wedded to fashion calendars.”
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Globally the top 10 fastest growing searches over the past six months were:
Shopify Promotion; 247%
Youtube Editing; 231%
Front End Web Developer; 205%
Product Mockup; 186%
Facebook Promotion; 174%
Social Media Design; 158%
App Development; 133%
Brand Name; 85%
Customer Service; 85%
Fiverr’s Small Business Needs Index analyses data from millions of searches across the global platform to identify business services that have seen the largest increases.
"Many people have used lockdowns as an opportunity to turn a passion into a business or side hustle and the growth of platforms like Instagram and TikTok have become an increasingly effective way of promoting yourself and a hotbed of inspiration for budding entrepreneurs,” added De Lange.