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Austin Job Postings Report April 2018

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | May 21, 2018
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT APRIL 2018

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(MARCH 14, 2018 to APRIL 13, 2018)
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INSIGHTS

  • 47 percent of all Available Job Postings are New Job Postings for the month of April 2018. Transportation and Material Moving Occupations, Installation, Maintenance and Repair OccupationsFood Preparation and Serving Related Occupations and Office and Administrative Support Occupations are the major occupational groups whose New Job Postings comprised 50 percent or more of their respective Available Job Postings.

  • 43,400 Available Job Postings during April 2018, about 1,600 more postings than April 2017. 

  • Five of the Top 20 posted occupations in the Computer and Mathematical Occupational group now pay an annual median wage of over $100,000: Software Developers, Applications, Information Security Analysts, Software Developers, Systems Software, Computer and Information Research Scientists and Computer Network Architects. 

  • According to the Travis County Poverty Brief, the American Community Survey 2012-2016 data shows that 32 percent or 355,874 of Travis County residents have an income under 200% of the poverty threshold. The Master Community Workforce Plan's top-line target is to ensure an additional 1,800-plus Austin residents currently in poverty receive training, credentialing, and are placed in jobs paying at least $40,000 in technology, healthcare and skilled trades between 2017-2021.

  • 48 percent of Available Job Postings from January 2018 to April 2018 require a bachelor's degree or more as the typical education needed for entry into the occupations posted. This is a slight increase from 2017.

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing about 1,490 plus jobs. The expansion list includes CCC Information Services, HNI Healthcare, MineralSoft, OnePointe Solutions, Oracle Corp., Pathway Vet Alliance, Redgate Software and Rooster Teeth. DevicePharm (Minneapolis, MN), Employers Insurance Group (Reno, NV) and PIMCO (Newport Beach, CA) are the companies that have announced new location plans in Austin.


The following job market report is designed to provide insight into current employer demands, skills and occupations in the Austin MSA.

TOP JOB POSTINGS

The chart and table below list the available unique ads in major occupation groups from March 14, 2018, to April 13, 2018, a mid-monthly timeframe closely associated with federal jobs numbers.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL)

Major Occupational Groups Available Ad Volume New Ad Volume (as a Percent of Available Ads) Available Ads
Year-to-Year Percentage Change
Available Ads
Year-to-Year Difference
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8,314 3,585 (43%) +7.30% +564

Office and Administrative Support Occupations

4,355 2,245 (52%) +4.10% +173

Management Occupations

4,324 1,810 (42%) +14.40% +544
Sales and Related Occupations 4,155 1,739 (42%) +1.10% +44
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3,384 1,126 (33%) -7.50% -274
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  3,201 1,176 (37%) +23.50% +610
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  2,251 1,288 (57%) +0.10% +2
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 2,041 1,354 (66%) +5.20% +100

Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations

1,616 949 (59%) -10.20% -183
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1,454 535 (37%) +31.20% +346
Others (13) 8,275 4,308 (52%) -3.80% -328
Total (23) 43,370 20,374 (47%) +3.80% +1,598

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL)

There were approximately 43,400 Available Job Postings during the April 2018 monthly reporting period, about 1,600 more postings when compared to April 2017. 

About 8,300 or 19 percent of the Available Job Postings during the April reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Management Occupations saw the largest increase in year-to-year postings.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw more than 100 year-to-year increases in Available Job Postings, when compared to April 2017, are Management Occupations, Computer and Mathematical Occupations, Architecture and Engineering Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations. Approximately 47 percent or about 20,400 of job postings are New Job Postings.

Approximately 63% of unemployment insurance (UI) claimants that are actively seeking a job in Travis County have less than an associate's degree, according to Workforce Solutions Capital Area. According to the Travis County Poverty Brief, the American Community Survey 2012-2016 data shows that 32 percent or 355,874 of Travis County residents have an income under 200% of the poverty threshold. The Master Community Workforce Plan's top-line target is to ensure an additional 1,800 Austin residents currently in poverty receive training, credentialing, and are placed in jobs paying at least $40,000 in technology, healthcare and skilled trades between 2017-2021.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.8% or 32,800 unemployed in April 2018, slightly lower than the 2.9% or 33,400 reported in April 2017. The current labor force for the Austin MSA is 1,191,200, an increase of 41,900 when compared to the same time last year. 


MONTHLY AD TRENDS

The line chart below shows the monthly total volume of online ads posted in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA from April 2014 through April 2018.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL)

Note: The data for April 2018 would be the sum of all posted ads from March 14, 2018, to April 13, 2018. This reference period is aligned to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) unemployment job search time period to provide a more accurate comparison of labor supply and labor demand.

In April 2018, approximately 47 percent or 20,400 of all job postings are New Job Postings.


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018, to April 13, 2018.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Software Developers, Applications, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, Marketing Managers, Retail Salespersons, Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Management Analysts and Managers, All Other saw a 130 or more increase in year-to-year postings. 


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018, to April 13, 2018.

Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Hiring Scale views the difficulty-to-fill indicator on market conditions. It calculates a score for each position that the employer is trying to fill. Several factors affect the hiring scale score that includes the supply of available candidates, the overall demand for employers for people in the position, the location, the occupation, local unemployment rates, job site source, offered pay level, etc. The Hiring Score scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.

The Hiring Difficulty is higher for occupations that require a Bachelor's degree or are tech-related. For occupations that require a high school diploma or less with some related work experience, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, First Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Computer User Support Specialists and First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers remain harder-to-fill occupations. 


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings under Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw about 560 year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings. Software Developers, Applications saw the greatest share of the year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings

Companies that have posted 30 or more jobs under this occupational category are Visa, General Electric, Home Depot, Conduent, HomeAway, Perficient, Inc., Merck, Hewlett-Packard Company, Walmart, Whole Foods and Booz Allen Hamilton.


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty under Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Hiring Scale views the difficulty-to-fill indicator on market conditions. It calculates a score for each position that the employer is trying to fill. Several factors affect the hiring scale score that includes the supply of available candidates, the overall demand for employers for people in the position, the location, the occupation, local unemployment rates, job site source, offered pay level, etc. The Hiring Scale scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.

Compared nationwide, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA now has a lower hiring difficulty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria MSA, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, Boston-Cambridge-Newton MSA, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin MSA, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA and the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA have a higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category when compared to the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA


TOP 20 HEALTHCARE JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings under Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Psychiatric Technicians, Nurse Practitioners and Critical Care Nurses saw the largest increase in Available Job Postings.

South Austin Medical Clinic, Universal Health Services, Baylor Scott & White, Walgreens, Community Health Systems, Inc. and The University of Texas System had an increase of 20 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.


TOP 20 HEALTHCARE JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings and its hiring difficulty under Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.Source: Wanted Technologies and the Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Hiring Scale views the difficulty-to-fill indicator on market conditions. It calculates a score for each position that the employer is trying to fill. Several factors affect the hiring scale score that include the supply of available candidates, the overall demand for employers for people in the position, the location, the occupation, local unemployment rates, job site source, offered pay level, etc. The Hiring Scale scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.

Job postings in this category that require an associate's degree or less and are also difficult for employers to hire are Surgical Technologists and Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians.


TOP HARD SKILLS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top hard skills in demand for the available jobs in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.

Top 20 Hard Skills in Demand by Employers Required Skill by Volume Year-to-Year
Difference
Top Related Skills (If 30% or more of the skill also reflects other required/optional skills)
Microsoft Office 6,147 +5,539  
Quality Assurance (QA)

2,761

+323  
Java 2,639

+70

Python, Linux, JavaScript (JS)

Python 2,305 +473 Java, Linux 

Microsoft PowerPoint

2,268

+2,225 Microsoft Office

Structured Query Language (SQL)

2,111

+99 Java

Linux

2,103 +29
Python, Java, UNIX 

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

2,029

+368

Salesforce CRM SFDC

Bilingual

 1,951 
-223
 

Salesforce CRM SFDC

1,693 

+352 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Quality Control

1,588
+291  

JavaScript (JS)

1,586

-48

Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Python

Software Development

1,474 

+1,452 Java, Python, Systems Development Like Cycle (SDLC), Linux, Agile Software Development, JavaScript (JS), Structured Query Language (SQL), Scrum Agile Methodology, C/C++, Quality Assurance (QA)

Technical Support

1,470

+56  

Software as a Service (SaaS)

1,366

+120

 

Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

1,269 +113 Java, Software Development

Amazon Web Services (AWS)

1,211

+321

Java, Python, Microsoft Windows Azure, Linux

C/C++ 1,176 +39 Python, Java, Linux

Preventive Maintenance

1,165 +66  
Agile Software Development 1,144
0
Java

Source: Wanted Technologies

Skills in Demand provides a real-time view of skills currently in demand by employers. For example, of the available jobs posted from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018, 2,639 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,639 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python", Linux" and "JavaScript (JS)".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 300 or more increase in year-to-year postings are Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Software Development, Application DevelopmentBehavioral HealthPythonCustomer Relationship Management (CRM), Public Accounting, Salesforce CRM SFDC, Quality Assurance, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud Computing and Freight+.

 


TOP CERTIFICATIONS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top certifications in demand for the available jobs in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.

Top 20 Certifications in Demand by Employers Required Certification by Volume Year-to-Year Difference Top Related Certifications (if 30% or more of the skill also reflects Other required/optional skills)
Driver's License

7,117

+486

 
Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)
3,368
+65
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
3,282
+969
Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,573
-60

Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)

Continuing Education (CE) 
1,164

+83

 
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,153 +67  

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

902 +85 Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A)
Food Safety Programs (HACCP)
811
+42
 
Accounting 774 +89 Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
First Aid Certification

735

+48

Driver's License

Secret Clearance

724

+137

 

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

706 -168
Certified Registered Nurse (RNC), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
HAZMAT
624 +125 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

Project Management Professional (PMP)

538

+75

 
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 512 +17

 

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

468 -1 Accounting

Petroleum Oriented Safety Training (POST)

454

+191

 
Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A) 453
+373

Commercial Driver's License (CDL), HAZMAT 

Special Education (SPED)

428 +50  
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) 383
+215
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) 
Source: Wanted Technologies

Certifications in Demand provides a real-time view of certifications currently in demand by employers. For example, of the available job postings from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018, 3,368 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 3,368 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 200 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Driver's License, Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A), Secret Clearance and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from March 14, 2018 to April 13, 2018.

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 1,419
DELL 1,055
IBM 779
HCA-The Healthcare Company 649
The University of Texas System 543
ACCENTURE 440
Apple Inc. 384

Goodwill Industries

379
General Electric
325

Austin Independent School  District

312
Robert Half International 303

Deloitte

294

Home Depot

250
Baylor Scott & White
249

Apex Systems, Inc.

233
Compass Group
222 
Randstad
216
Marriott 204
Brookdale 190
Whole Foods 184

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) 

Ascension Health, General Electric, Whole Foods, The University of Texas System and Home Depot are the companies that have seen an increase of more than 200 Available Job Postings year-to-year. For New Job Postings in April 2018, Ascension Health, Home Depot, Goodwill Industries and General Electric saw a year-to-year increase of 100 or more postings.


Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) Program (with data collection by Wanted Technologies)

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Kwee Lan Teo

VP, Talent Development & Acquisition