World Series of Hiring: San Francisco vs. Detroit

Is hiring demand a good prognosticator of who will win the World Series? For all you baseball fans out there, here is some interesting hiring data and comparison between San Francisco and Detroit just in time for the start of the World Series.

Wanted Analytics brings us the raw data:

 

In honor of World Series Game 1 taking place tonight, we matched hiring demand of the competing cities, Detroit vs. San Francisco. San Francisco, “the city by the bay”, wins in monthly job ad volume and in hiring growth. In September, Detroit, “the motor city”, saw over 70,000 job ads posted online while San Francisco had more than 118,000. The volume of job ads grew 22% year-over-year in San Francisco. During the same time period, Detroit saw growth at a slower lower rate of 15%.

 

Let’s take a look at how their most in-demand jobs compare from September.

 

Most In-Demand Occupations in Detroit Most In-Demand Occupations in San Francisco
  1. Registered Nurses
  2. Industrial Engineers
  3. Retail Salespersons
  4. Mechanical Engineers
  5. Computer Systems Analysts
  6. First-Line Supervisors/Managers or Retail Sales Workers
  7. Truck Drivers, Heavy and Tractor Trailer
  8. Customer Service Representatives
  9. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  10. Web Developers
  1. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  2. Marketing Managers
  3. Web Developers
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Retail Salespersons
  6. Registered Nurses
  7. First-Line Supervisors/Managers of Retail Sales Workers
  8. Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
  9. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  10. Sales Managers

 

60% of the occupations above in both cities are the same, except that they appear in different order. Not surprisingly, as a part of the “Silicon Valley”, San Francisco has more IT related jobs ranked in higher spots. IT related positions also appear on the Detroit list, but aren’t as in-demand as in San Francisco. Nurses and Engineer positions were most in-demand during September in Detroit.

 

Industries with Most Job Ads in Detroit

  1. Commercial Banking
  2. Engineering Services
  3. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  4. All Other Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
  5. Offices of Certified Public Accountants
  6. Computer Systems Design Services
  7. Discount Department Stores
  8. Elementary and Secondary Schools
  9. Custom Computer Programming Services
  10. Motor Vehicle Body Manufacturing
Industries with Most Job Ads in San Francisco

  1. Custom Computer Programming Services
  2. Wired Telecommunications Carriers
  3. Computer Systems Design Services
  4. Commercial Banking
  5. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  6. Software Publishers
  7. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  8. All Other Support Services
  9. Colleges, Universities and Professional Schools
  10. Engineering Services

 

While 60% of the job titles matched in both cities, just 20% of the industries were the same. Only Commercial Banking and General Medical and Surgical Hospitals appeared in both lists. Otherwise, both cities seem to live up to their reputations. Tech related industries appear more often on San Francisco’s list, while Detroit shows more automotive related industries appearing in a few spots. We were surprised, however, that Commercial Banking took the lead in Detroit. Is this an area that can create more job growth in the motor city?

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Hiring and Real Estate: Together Again?

After seeing some of the mildly positive housing numbers coming out recently, we wondered if there was also a correlation between hiring. Turns out there is, which is good news for the economy overall. Wanted Analytics brings us the data. Be certain to note several of the significantly depressed Real Estate markets showed significant hiring gain and hopefully some momentum.

 

In last month’s BLS report, real estate was one of the sectors that showed job growth. Considering that real estate is thought of as an indicator of economic health, we wanted to get a clearer picture of recent hiring trends. Real estate employment grew +7,000 in September. Each year, hiring demand peaked higher than the previous year. After reaching the highest level of demand during August since the recession began, September saw a slight decline in hiring. However, in September 2012, job ad volume was still 17% higher than the same time last year.

 

Monthly Total Ad Volume for the Real Estate Industry

 

 

Hiring Demand Growth Chart 

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

New York had the most real estate job ads posted online during September. The cities below saw the most year-over-year growth in hiring demand.

 

City                                              Increase
  1. Herndon, VA                               725%
  2. Mountainview, CA                      346%
  3. Parma, OH%                              266%
  4. Sandusky, OH                            177%
  5. Fort Myers, FL                            173%

Below are the most advertised real estate job titles.

  1. Maintenance Technician
  2. Leasing Consultant
  3. Property Manager
  4. Retail Sales Associate
  5. Administrative Assistant
  6. Sales Associate
  7. Maintenance Supervisor
  8. Assistant Property Manager
  9. Maintenance
  10. Receptionist

 

Maintenance positions appear most often on this list and have the highest number of job ads compared to the other job titles listed. Property management, sales, and administrative job titles follow in-demand.

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Where Is The Next Silicon Valley?

Tech development hubs seem to be springing up all over the place and businesses and candidates gravitate towards locations that are most cost friendly. Where will the next great tech development hub be?

 

Wanted Analytics brings us some hints:

 

While researching hiring news, we continue to see different regions of the US claiming to be the “next Silicon Valley.” A recent article on tech hiring hot spots sheds light on which tech regions really have the most IT jobs. We investigated hiring demand in these areas and included the most advertised IT skills demanded in each region below.

 

1. Silicon Valley (Northern California)- Oracle
– Software Development
– Linux
– Structured Query Language (SQL)
– JavaScript (JS) 
4. FL High Tech Corridor (Central Florida)- Structured Query Language (SQL)
– Project Management
– Software Development
– Oracle Java
– Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL) 
2. Silicon Alley (New York City Area)- Structured Query Language (SQL)
– Project Management
– Oracle Java
– Software Development
– JavaScript (JS) 
5. Silicon Beach (Southern California)- Structured Query Language (SQL)
– Project Management
– Oracle Java
– Software Development
– JavaScript (JS) 
3. Dulles Tech Corridor (Northeast Virginia)- Structured Query Language (SQL)
– Software Development
– Oracle Java
– Linux
– Project Management

 

In each location, except the Silicon Valley, Java Developer is the most advertised job title. In Silicon Valley the most advertised job title is Software Engineer. The Silicon Valley is also the only area where Structured Query Language (SQL) isn’t the most advertised skill for IT jobs. Otherwise, most of the advertised skills in each “hot” tech area are mostly the same, just varying in order of demand. Interestingly, New York and Southern California match in terms of each 5 most demanded skills and their ranking. However, New York has more job ads posted online, just under 20,000, which is almost twice the amount of hiring demand in Los Angeles. Below, you can see the heat map of job ad volume throughout the US. The Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley are the darkest sections on the map. This indicates highest job volumes.

 

Heat Map of Job Ad Volume

 

Heat Map of Job VolumeSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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What Programming Languages Are In Demand?

We all know engineering, specifically software engineering, is a high demand area. But what are the specific skills required in today’s marketplace?

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data and a heat map of hiring demand:

 

Programming languages appear in multiple places in our list of most commonly advertised skills. Knowledge in several of languages is useful, although IT job candidates need to be savvy in the language(s) that each employer mostly requires. Below are the 10 programming languages that are most commonly required in online job ads.

 

  1. Structured Query Language (SQL)
  2. Oracle Java
  3. JavaScript (JS)
  4. Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)
  5. Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  6. Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  7. Sun Microsystems Java 2 Platform Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
  8. C++
  9. Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)
  10. Python Extensible Programming Language

Two of these programming languages saw substantial growth in the past year. Python Extensible Programming Language saw the most growth in hiring demand increasing 852% in the past year. Oracle Java increased 619%

There were more than 360,000 job ads posted online and the most advertised job titles that require any of these programming languages are:

 

  1. Web Developers
  2. Computer Software Engineers, Applications
  3. Computer Systems Analysts
  4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  5. Computer Programmers
  6. Database Administrators
  7. Computer Support Specialists
  8. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
  9. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
  10. Market Research Analysts

Below are the cities with the most hiring demand for job candidates with these programming language skills. This list includes the number of job ads posted online and year-over-year growth.

 

 

Cities with the Most Hiring Demand for Programming Language Skills

 

MSAs Programming LanguagesSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Hiring conditions are mixed throughout the country. New York and Washington, DC have the most qualified candidates in the workforce, yet they also have the most demand from employers. Companies sourcing candidates in these locations are likely to find jobs hard-to-fill. Bristol, TN has the most favorable recruiting conditions due to fewer jobs currently being advertised in relation to the size of the candidate supply.

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Programming Language Skills

 

Hiring Scale Heat MapSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

If Recruiters are experiencing difficulty finding qualified candidates with specific language experience, it may be useful to ask the Hiring Manager which languages are really required, versus a “nice to have” skill. Different languages can be more suitable for different tasks. You may be able to source from a larger talent pool if Hiring Managers are flexible in which programming language they require.

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Cyber Security Hiring: Taking Off..

Earlier this year we featured data backing the theory that it was better to hire hackers than try to do battle with them. Well, given the continuing surge in hiring in the cyber security sector, this may still be a viable concept.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

There have been many reports recently of cyber security threats and breaches in the US. The latest attacks were seen in the financial services sector, as well as on government systems. We thought it would be interesting to revisit hiring for cyber security jobs to see if demand is increasing again as the number of attacks also increase. In September, more than 4,500 jobs were advertised online for cyber security professionals in the US, a 19% increase compared to the same time period last year. With security threats and breaches becoming a greater concern for both private and public sector companies, it isn’t surprising that hiring demand is growing for this skill set. In fact, a new high in the number of available job ads was reached in July with 5,100 open positions.

 

Hiring Demand for Cyber Security Positions in the US – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand for Cyber Security Positions in the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

The most commonly advertised job titles that require cyber security skills are below. Not surprisingly, these are IT related positions.

 

  1. Cyber Security Analyst
  2. Cyber Security Engineer
  3. Software Engineer
  4. Systems Engineer
  5. Senior Cyber Security Analyst
  6. Information Technology Security Specialist
  7. Program Manager
  8. Information Security Analyst
  9. Information Assurance Engineer
  10. Systems Administrator

The metropolitan areas with the highest volume of listings in September were Washington (DC), Baltimore, New York, Atlanta, and San Francisco. Washington, DC saw the most available positions; however, Atlanta experienced the greatest growth in demand over the past year of these five areas. In Atlanta, hiring demand was up 200% in September compared to the same month last year.

 

Seeing as cyber security is a niche IT skill and demand is growing in general, you would probably expect these to be relatively difficult to recruit for. The Hiring Scale confirms that these jobs will be hard-to-fill, with ads staying online for an average of 6 weeks across the US. As more employers focus on securing information and networks and external threats evolve, hiring demand for cyber security jobs is likely to continue. Currently, the supply of potential candidates with this experience creates a very challenging market for employers.

 

Hiring Scales for Cyber Security Positions Across the US

 

Hiring Scales for Cyber Security Positions Across the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

However, each location and region of the US will experience a varying degree of difficulty when recruiting. Companies in Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, DC are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. Fierce competition has emerged as hiring in these areas is growing more quickly than the local talent supply can support. Job ads in this area remain online for an average of 7 weeks. In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows that Tucson, Arizona and Kileen-Fort Hood, Texas are likely to see the least difficulty in recruiting for these positions. A larger talent supply compared to the hiring demand by employers in these 2 areas means that Recruiters are likely to fill open cyber security positions faster than average. The average duration of a job ad in these locations is 5 weeks, about one week shorter than the national average.

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Sales Professionals: Good Times and Better Times Ahead

Companies, no matter what their product line, need great sales professionals. Hiring demand for sales professionals has recently hit a 4 year high.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the scoop:

 

Sales occupations continue to be among the most in-demand jobs in the US. As sales professionals often drive revenue for businesses, it’s easy to see why there’s increasing hiring demand. More than 710,000 ads were listed online for sales positions in August. Not only is this a 4 year high, it’s also a 119% increase from the lowest point in hiring demand, which occurred in December 2008. With consumer confidence recovering, will this trend continue?

 

Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Sales and Related Occupations

 

Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Sales and Related OccupationsSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Most Commonly Advertised Job Titles for Sales Occupations:

 

  1. Sales Representative
  2. Sales Associate
  3. Store Manager
  4. Assistant Store Manager
  5. Retail Sales Consultant
  6. Sales
  7. Account Executive
  8. Assistant Manager
  9. Outside Sales Representative
  10. Cashier

Sales experience is by far the most required knowledge, with almost twice the demand of the other required skills listed below. The requirement for experience with cash registers matches the hiring trends we’re seeing in retail sales positions. The varieties of in-demand sales titles like Store Manager, Cashier, and Retail Sales Consultant also suggest that retail leads industry demand of sales jobs.

 

Most Commonly Advertised Skills for Sales Occupations

 

  1. Sales Experience
  2. Cash Registers
  3. Business Development
  4. Work Ethic
  5. Microsoft Office

The retail industry showed the most job ads for sales positions, up 50% in August over the same time last year. In addition to the economic recovery contributing to improved hiring conditions, retailers may be experiencing more demand for sales jobs due to seasonal hiring. Finance and insurance, wholesale trade, information (telecommunications), and real estate industries follow retail with the highest volume of sales job ads.

 

It is most likely to be somewhat difficult to recruit sales talent throughout the US. The cities with the best conditions for hiring qualified sales candidates are Kanakee (IL), Dalton (GA), Sherman (TX), Cumberland (MD), and Monroe (MI).

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map of Sales and Related Occupations


Heat Map Hiring Scale for Sales and Related Occupations
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

The New York metropolitan area had the highest number of job ads listed online. However, Dallas, TX experienced the largest year-over-year increase in online job ads.

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Is There An App For That?

Since mobile exploded on the scene several years ago, the demand for application developers has continued to rise very dramatically.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

A recent article on ComputerWorld listed programming and application development as one of the hottest IT skills for 2013 and estimated that 60% of companies plan to hire for these skills in the next 12 months. We decided to look at app development to see what hiring looks like now and emerging trends.

 

In the past 90 days, there were just over 100,000 available online job ads that required app development skills. Despite growing demand in the beginning of the year, a slowing demand puts this at a modest 2% increase compared to the same 90-day period in 2011.

 

Hiring Demand for Application Development – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand for Application Development 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

Below are some of the job titles that most commonly require app development.

 

  • Java Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • .NET Developer
  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Senior Java Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Programmer
  • Application Developer
  • Business Analyst

In the article, one company said they are looking for app developers with experience in Java, J2EE, and .NET. We looked at the most in-demand skills in these job ads and saw that this is in line with many other employers. J2EE is the only skill mentioned that didn’t appear on the top 10 list below (it didn’t appear on our list until #15.)

 

Most in-demand skills in application development job ads:

 

  1. Structured query language (SQL)
  2. Oracle Java
  3. Software development
  4. JavaScript (JS)
  5. Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL)
  6. Extensible markup language (XML)
  7. Project management
  8. Microsoft .NET Framework (.NET)
  9. Hypertext markup language (HTML)
  10. Quality Assurance (QA)

Since application development is a niche tech skill, it’s probably not too surprising that Recruiters are likely to find candidates hard to find. On average, job ads for app developing skills remain online for 5.5 weeks. Based on the below map of Hiring Scales™ for this talent, you can see that these positions will be hard-to-fill, with most locations appearing as yellow, orange, or red. This depicts harder-to-fill positions. However, there are a few bright green areas, which show locations where this talent will be less difficult to recruit. Recruiters can look for candidates in these regions and target their job ads to attract potential candidates. Some locations where these jobs will be least difficult to source candidates are Eugene (OR), Mobile (AL), Poughkeepsie (NY), Monroe (LA), and Evansville, (IN). Lower demand from employers in these cities is likely to cause less competition, a shorter time-to-fill, and easier overall recruiting conditions.

 

Hiring Scales for Application Developers in the United States

 

Hiring Scales for Application Developers across the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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Engineers in Demand? Which Ones & Where?

We all know Engineers are in high demand right now. What’s new? Well, do you know which titles are in the highest demand? Wanted Analytics brings us the data:
We’ve noticed many Recruiters searching for information on Engineer hiring demand. Because of this high level of interest we examined overall Engineering hiring trends. Below are the most advertised engineer job titles.
  1. Mechanical Engineer
  2. Electrical Engineer
  3. Manufacturing Engineer
  4. Quality Engineer
  5. Engineer
  6. Project Engineer
  7. Process Engineer
  8. Design Engineer
  9. Senior Mechanical Engineer
  10. Senior Electrical Engineer

Since the recession bottomed out, hiring demand for Engineers has been on the rise. The volume of job ads increased 91% since June 2009 and surpassed pre-recession levels in March 2011. A new high was seen during March 2012 with more than 162,000 jobs advertised online.

 

Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Engineer Positions – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand Growth Chart for Engineers
SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

Industries with the most demand for Engineers are:

 

  1. Engineering Services
  2. All Other Business Support Services
  3. Semiconductor and Related Device Manufacturing
  4. Executive Search Firms
  5. Computer Systems Design Services
  6. Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufacturing
  7. Aircraft Manufacturing
  8. Administrative Manufacturing and General Management Consulting Services
  9. Research & Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
  10. All Other Support Services

As might be expected, recruiting throughout the country is more likely to be difficult. However, this is with some exceptions. Our Hiring Scale™heat map shows the difficulty levels of recruiting for Engineers in the US. The green areas are the cities with the best recruiting conditions. These include Palm Bay (Florida), Bingham (New York), Poughkeepsie (New York), Casper (Wyoming) and Houma (Louisiana).

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Engineers 

SOURCE: WANTED Analytics

 

Houston, TX had the most demand for Engineers while Schaumburg, IL experienced the highest increase in demand over the past year. On average job ads are posted online for 45 days, just over 6 weeks. This time can be reduced by posting ads in cities like Dover, DE. Hiring conditions may not be improved in this area, but average posting period is less, which can indicate that time-to-hire might be quicker. Below is a snapshot of the posting period heat map.

 

Average Posting Period for EngineersSOURCE: WANTED Analytics

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Recruiting Video Game Talent? Better Have Some Game!

You better have some pretty good game to recruit the best talent in the video gaming arena. From online gaming to traditional console to casino gaming and beyond, demand for technical talent in this sector is soaring.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

Video games are no longer just a way to spend your free time. This is an in-demand field, with growing volumes of job ads in tech, retail, marketing, sales, and media. In August, more than 2,900 jobs were advertised online for video gaming related careers in the United States – up 60% from August of last year. This also represents all new highs in the volume of job ads for gaming positions. Is this another sign that gamification is a growing business strategy?

 

Hiring Demand for Video Gaming Talent – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand for Video Gaming Talent 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

Among the most commonly advertised job titles for gaming careers are:

 

  • Video Gaming User Specialist
  • Merchandiser Specialist
  • Video Game Sales Specialist
  • Video Game Demonstrator
  • Game Advisor

Although technology job titles most often require gaming knowledge, there are many other fields that increasingly require this experience and interest. Some of these occupational fields include Marketing Managers, Retail Salespersons and Sales Managers, Multi-media Artists and Animators, Market Research Analysts, and Product Demonstrators.

 

Gaming jobs require many niche skills, especially for video game development and programming one of the more in-demand areas. Some of the most commonly required skills in current online job ads are:

 

  1. JavaScript
  2. Graphical User Interface Design (UI)
  3. Quality Assurance (QA)
  4. Software development
  5. Product development/management
  6. Project management
  7. Oracle Java
  8. Adobe Photoshop
  9. Structured query language
  10. Microsoft PowerPoint

The metro areas with the highest demand for video gaming specialists in August were Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, San Jose, and Chicago. It’s not too surprising that the West Coast is seeing higher demand, since many of the video game companies are located there. Employers in Los Angeles placed the highest number of job ads for this talent pool. However, the highest year-over-year growth of these 5 locations was actually seen in Chicago where demand is up more than 460% in August 2012 compared to August 2011. The second highest growth was seen in San Jose, up 156% versus last year.

 

If hiring demand continues, will the available candidate pool grow, too? Currently, employers are looking at a limited talent supply of potential candidates with gaming experience, creating challenging conditions. Our Hiring Scale™ shows that jobs ads currently remain online for an average of 6.5 weeks – meaning that Recruiters will spend a long time gathering resumes and applications, sourcing candidates, and preparing to interview applicants.  Each region will, however, experience a varying degree of difficulty. For example, companies in Birmingham (Alabama) and Nashville (Tennessee) are currently experiencing some of the most challenging overall recruiting conditions. In these 2 areas, competition has emerged as more employers are looking to fill jobs than the local talent supply can support.

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Video Gaming Jobs across the US

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Video Gaming Jobs across the US 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the locations experiencing the least difficulties recruiting this talent are Eugene, Oregon and Houston, Texas. Lower hiring demand in these areas coupled with larger talent supply, means that Recruiters are likely to fill open gaming positions faster or easier than the US average.

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Dallas Tech Sector: Heating up..

We traditionally see Dallas and most major Texas cities as hotbeds for oil and gas jobs. But Dallas seems to be expanding its presence in the tech arena with impressive job posting numbers over the past several months.

 

Wanted Analytics brings us the data:

 

You’ve heard of the Silicon Valley. You may have even heard of the Silicon Alley. But over the past few months, we’ve noticed that Dallas has been popping up with higher volumes of job ads in the tech community. In fact, there were more than 29,000 technology related job ads that were available online in the Dallas metro area during August, the highest volume of any area in the South. Additionally, hiring in this area has been at higher levels than before the recession for several months. Is Dallas becoming the newest technology hot spot?

 

Hiring Demand for Technology Jobs in Dallas, Texas – 4 Year Hiring Trend

 

Hiring Demand for Technology Jobs in Dallas, Texas 

Source: WANTED Analytics

 

The most in-demand types of technical fields are Computer Systems Analysts, Web Developers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer Support Specialists, and (Applications) Software Engineers. Many of these are consistent with national demand. Below are the 10 most commonly advertised tech job titles in the Dallas metro area:

 

  1. Java Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. .NET Developer
  4. Senior Java Developer
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Business Analyst
  7. Network Engineer
  8. Oracle DBA (Database Administrator)
  9. Web Developer
  10. Developer

In addition, many of the highly demanded skills are similar to what is being demanded across the US. SQL, project management, Oracle Java, UNIX, and Linux are the 5 most in-demand job skills in the Dallas metro area. All of these skills are also highly demanded nationwide.

 

With rising demand in Dallas, our Hiring Scale shows that tech jobs will be difficult to fill. Job ads in these areas remain online for an average of 38 days – or just over 5 weeks. In general, conditions in Texas will be difficult. However, Recruiters should know that there are some alternative markets nearby that are experiencing better overall recruiting conditions. Some of these locations include Fort Smith, Arkansas and Beaumont-Port Arthur, Texas. In these 2 areas, there is lower hiring demand compared to the number of available potential candidates currently in the workforce.

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Tech Jobs in Dallas, TX

 

 

Hiring Scale Heat Map for Dallas, Texas 

Source: WANTED Analytics

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