IT Hiring Increases as Job Listings Continue to Grow
After slowing due to the COVID-19 shutdown, demand for tech professionals is again on the rise, with job postings increasing to more than a quarter of a million positions in June.
Meanwhile, total estimated tech employment grew by 227,000 jobs between May and June.
An analysis by the tech industry trade group CompTIA shows nearly 6 million IT professionals were working in June across all industry sectors. Since January, tech employment has increased in five of the first six months.
Between May and June, IT help wanted listings grew by 42,000, showing growing demand for tech professionals.
“The latest employment data for tech was generally positive, with continuing signs of momentum,” said Tim Herbert, executive vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “While uncertainty is still a major concern, the forward-looking employer job posting figures suggest hiring will accelerate in areas such as software development, IT support, cloud infrastructure, cybersecurity, and certain emerging tech fields.”
According to CompTIA, almost a third of the total positions advertised in June were for software and application developers. The 82,800 developer jobs online in June is an increase of 13,500 over May. Other in-demand occupations, according to CompTIA include IT support specialists (22,000), systems engineers and architects (20,700), systems analysts (16,900) and IT project managers (14,600).
Despite the economic slowdown, hiring tech talent is only slightly less intense than it was last fall, when the IT unemployment rate fell well below 2%. It’s now 4.3%.
California had both the most number of tech job listings (43,521) and the greatest June over May increase (6,548). Texas, with 23,994, was second for total job posts followed by Virginia, New York, North Carolina and Florida all with double-digit numbers of advertised openings.
Among metro areas, Washington topped the list with 20,205 tech openings online. New York was close behind with 18,137. San Francisco, Dallas and Los Angeles rounded out the top five.