Tech Job Openings Up As The Country Recovers From The Pandemic
The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic over the last year has had a major negative impact on the U.S. economy. However, for the tech industry, the impact was not as high given the rush by businesses to get their employees set up to work from home, in many cases literally overnight. That helped tech workers mitigate the loss of business from customers that delayed planned IT projects or expansions.
As the country enters the recovery phase of the pandemic, businesses are rushing to restart projects or expand operations based on lessons learned from the past year of pain. And with that comes the next problem: how to find the right people—and enough of them—to fill the positions that are not only reopened but which are newly created to meet growing demand as the economy opens up.
Dice, a Centennial, Colo.-based tech career and recruiting site, used data from the database of Boston-based analytics software company Burning Glass Technologies to analyze over 1.5 million tech job postings in the U.S. early this year, looking at “information technology” jobs with working hours listed as full time, part time, or “not listed,” as well as both permanent or “not listed” positions to get a picture of the state of tech job openings. That data was then combined with analysis from Appcast, a Lebanon, N.H.-based provider of programmatic recruitment advertising technology, which analyzed job postings from Jan. 1 to March 31 to understand the tech job openings.
The result, wrote Dice CEO Art Zeile in the introduction to the company’s analysis, is a feeling that, while tech job openings are still below the level saw in the first quarter of 2020, the light is there at the end of the tunnel after a year-plus of isolation. “Increasing confidence seems to be translating into a widespread demand for talent across a variety of industries and verticals,” Zeile wrote.
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