Employer hiring activity as measured by job postings for tech positions totaled 623,627 for the month and nearly 2.2 million year-to-date. This represents a 52% increase versus the same period of the previous year.
“The data speaks to the broad-based nature of the tech workforce,” said Tim Herbert, chief research officer at CompTIA. “It also speaks to the many factors affecting employment and situations where sectors or companies easing up on hiring may be offset by sectors or companies increasing hiring.”
Tech occupations throughout the economy increased by a modest 2,000 positions in May. The unemployment rate for tech occupations edged up to 2.1%, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 3.6%.
Positions for software developers and engineers (204,084) accounted for nearly a third of all employer tech job postings in May, an increase of more than 77,000 from April. Increases in hiring activity for IT project managers, IT support specialists, systems engineers and architects and network engineers and architects were also reported. One-third of all postings were for positions in emerging technologies or jobs requiring emerging tech skills.
Employer hiring intent was strong across several industries, including professional, scientific and technical services, finance and insurance, manufacturing, information, retail trade, health care and social assistance, public administration and educational services. The search for tech talent was widely dispersed across geographies, as well. Four metro areas (New York City, Dallas, Los Angeles and Washington) recorded tech jobs postings totals that surpassed 31,000 positions.
Hiring in the IT services and custom software development category (+13,100 new positions) led May’s tech sector job growth. Data processing, hosting and related services, computer and electronic products manufacturing and other information services, including search engines were also in positive territory, while jobs in telecommunications declined.
The “CompTIA Tech Jobs Report” is available at https://www.comptia.org/content/tech-jobs-report. For more analysis and perspective visit the CompTIA Tech Job Report video series at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuqIJd7KnBU_nZd2oXEwa0I5X7Vt124eM.
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1 Employment data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and job posting data from EMSI Burning Glass may be subject to backward revisions.