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Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Jobs Have Jumped 50% in Asia Since 2017

While investors have felt the burn of an ongoing crypto bear market in 2018, job seekers in Asia have had a slightly different experience.

According to a recent report by CNBC, blockchain and cryptocurrency jobs have jumped more than 50% since 2017, as both startups and established enterprises have begun building out dedicated focus on the technology.

This data, which came from recruitment firm Robert Walters, also indicated that developers with Python language skills were among the most highly desired for blockchain roles. Interestingly, the CNBC report revealed that blockchain-focused companies are less interested in recruiting individuals already working within the industry, but instead prefer talent from other industries.

Julian Hosp, the co-founder of Singapore-based crypto wallet and debit card startup TenX, exemplified this point in a statement provided to CNBC.

We hardly ever hire from inside of crypto because most people inside of crypto are very inexperienced. You have very, very few people who are experienced who get into the crypto industry.

Last May, we reported that job listings on popular freelancing platform Upwork with blockchain skills as a requirement have surged more than 6,000% since the first quarter of 2017.

While it is clear development-related blockchain jobs are booming, a similar trend is also beginning to form within the financial world as many management-level employees of major banks are beginning to jump ship to crypto-related companies and investment funds.

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