Companies and recruiters have to be very resourceful in locating and securing talented software engineers in today’s hyper competitive market. Where are the top locations to seek out viable talent?
Wanted Analytics brings us the data and some very surprising locations:
Hiring demand for Applications Software Engineers continues to grow. In November, the number of job ads available online for Software Engineers was up 17.5% compared to November of 2011. More than 13,000 employers had a total of 86,000 jobs available at some point during November, making it the 3rd most in-demand technology related occupation. As hiring continues and competition among employers increases, Recruiters are likely to see more and more difficulties in sourcing this highly demanded talent. So, to give you a competitive edge among other companies, we thought we’d provide some of the best current locations for finding potential candidates.
Map of Hiring Scales for Recruiting Software Engineers in the US
By the above map of Hiring Scales for Software Engineers shows current recruiting conditions in major metropolitan areas across the US. The cities where these jobs are likely to be the most difficult to fill are depicted in red. It’s not surprising that tech hubs like San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley) and Seattle would find Software Engineers hard-to-fill. However, there are some smaller metro areas where hiring demand is growing quickly. Some of those locations include Charleston (South Carolina), Bloomington-Normal (Illinois), and Fayetteville (North Carolina). Charleston ranks on our Hiring Scale as a 94 (out of 99,) showing that Recruiters here are likely to see many challenges when sourcing potential candidates.
Hiring Scale for Software Engineers in Charleston, South Carolina
So, where are the best cities to source Software Engineers? Below are the 10 locations likely to see the best conditions for finding this talent:
- El Paso, TX
- Las Cruces, NM
- Jackson, MS
- Evansville, IN
- Wausau, WI
- Chattanooga, TN
- Mobile, AL
- Rochester, MN
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA
El Paso, Texas is currently experiencing the best conditions for this talent, with a Hiring Scale score of 5. There are only 8 employers currently recruiting Software Engineers in this metro area. If you are about to source candidates in El Paso and relocate (or allow the to work remotely) you are likely to see less competition from other companies and have more candidates to source from. The same can be said for the other locations above. There are far fewer jobs being advertised in these locations.