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Austin Job Postings Report December 2016

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Jan 09, 2017
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT DECEMBER 2016

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(NOVEMBER 14, 2016 to DECEMBER 13, 2016)
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INSIGHTS

  • Approximately 35,700 Available Job Postings during the monthly reporting period, a decrease of 2,500 postings compared to the same period last year. 
  • Largest year-to-year decreases in the Sales and Related Occupations, Computer and Mathematical Occupations followed by Business and Financial Operations Occupations.
  • Several companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in Austin, involving more than 1,930 jobs. The list includes Sync1 Systems, Creative Alignments, Facebook, Intersys Consulting, Ledcor Technical Services, Manna Freight Systems, Onit, Performance Services, Samsung Austin Semiconductor, Snap Kitchen and Superior HealthPlan (Centene Corp.).

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 lists the available unique ads in major occupation groups from November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016, a mid-monthly timeframe closely associated with federal jobs numbers.

Major Occupational Groups Ad Volume Year-to-Year Percentage Change Year-to-Year Difference
Computer & Mathematical Occupations 6,464 -8.90% -635
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations  3,917 +5.50% +204
Office and Administrative Support Occupations  3,809 -6.80% -276
Sales & Related Occupations 3,430 -19.40% -828
Management Occupations 3,259 -6.20% -215
Business & Financial Operations Occupations  2,335 -11.60% -307
Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations  1,837 -0.60% -12
Transportation & Material Moving Occupations 1,778 +1.20% +21
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations 1,267 -4.20% -55
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations 1,003 +20.10% +168
Others (13) 6,611 -7.70% -548
Total (23) 35,710 -6.50% -2,483

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

There were approximately 35,700 Available Job Postings during the December 2016 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 2,500 Available Job Postings compared to December 2015. About 6,500 or 18 percent of the Available Job Postings during the November reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations.

Other occupational groups not reflected in this report that account for another 3,500 Available Job Openings are Architecture and Engineering Occupations (3%), Construction and Extraction Occupations (3%), Healthcare Support Occupations (2%) and Education, Training, and Library Occupations (2%), representing approximately 10% of Available Job Postings.

Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations and Healthcare Practioners and Technical Occupations are the two occupational groups that saw an increase of 150 or more postings compared to the same time last year.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.0% or 33,700 unemployed in November 2016. The Austin MSA reported an annual job growth rate of 2.0% or 19,500 net new jobs in November 2016, down from 2.20% or 21,200 net new jobs in October 2016. Austin dropped from being the 20th fastest growing major metro to 25th place in November 2016. Education and Health Services added the most jobs (4.3% or 8,800) in the past year. The fastest growing industry was Construction and Natural Resources (6.6% or 3,800). Manufacturing jobs declined by 2.7% or 23,400, over the last 12 months.

Austin's total personal income grew by 7.2% in 2015 and has the 4th fastest growth rate among major metros, after San Jose, Denver and San Francisco. Austin has seen strong gains in average earnings per job at $60,805 in 2015, which is up 4.4% over 2014. 

Approximately 65% 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.


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 December 2012 through December 2016.

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

Note: The data for December 2016 would be the sum of all posted ads from November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016. 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.

The total number of Available Job Postings was 30,360 in December 2012 and have risen to 35,700 in December 2016. Of the 35,700 job postings, about half are New Job Postings. Of the Available Job Postings, about 79% are for full-time positions, 12% are part-time positions, 8% are contract positions and less than 1% are for internships. 


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers, Computer User Support Specialists, Retail SalespersonsNetwork and Computer Systems Administrators and Computer Systems Analysts all saw a 100 or more year-to-year decrease in postings.

Less than 1% or 400 of the Available Job Postings, not reflected in this report, are for internship positions. This is an approximate 30 percent year-to-year decrease. 


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

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.

Almost all the occupations, except Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers and Web Developers, that indicate a difficulty-to-fill level of 80 or more would require a Bachelor's degree as the typical education needed for entry. It is easier to hire Computer Systems Analysts in our region, when compared nationally.


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

The Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw 635 less Available Job Postings compared to the same period last year. 


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

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.

Companies such as Amazon have seen a 200 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. The top five employers posting for postions in this category are Amazon, IBM, ACCENTURE, DELL and Visa. Most of the year-to-year decreases in this occupational category are from Computer User Support Specialists, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Computer Systems AnalystsWeb Developers and Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.

The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont MSA have a higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category compared to the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA while the San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA, San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA and Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA have a lower hiring difficulty. 


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

The Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations saw a 200 volume increase in postings compared to the same time last year. Surgical Technologists, Radiologic Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians saw 50 or more year-to-year increase in 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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

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.

Companies such as Austin Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center and the North Austin Medical Center have seen a 100 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. Most of the year-to-year increases in this occupational category are for Surgical Technologists, Radiologic Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians, all of which require an entry level education of an Associate's degree or less. However, the demand for Pharmacy Technicians is easier to fill in our region.


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

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)
Java 2,045 -407 Python, JavaScript (JS)
Quality Assurance (QA) 1,895 -647  
Bilingual 1,618 -363  
Linux 1,537 -436 UNIX, Java, Python
Structured Query Language (SQL) 1,522 -459 Java
Python 1,337 -115 Java, Linux, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL), C/C++
JavaScript (JS) 1,331 -163 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Structured Query Language (SQL), jQuery
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 1,239 -445  
Quality Control 1,166 +81  
Pediatrics 989 +137  
Technical Support 921 -438  
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 897 -191 Java
Software as a Service (SaaS) 885 -49  
 C/C++ 878 +438 Java, Python, Linux, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)
Salesforce CRM SFDC 873 -244

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Geriatrics 865 +205 Pediatrics
Web Services 849 -275 Java, JavaScript (JS), Structured Query Language (SQL), Representational State Transfer (REST), Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP)
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) 777 -205 JavaScript (JS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), jQuery, Java, MVC
Practival Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL) 776 -240 Python, Linux, Java, C/C++, UNIX
Bilingual Spanish 762 -212  

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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016, 2,045 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,045 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python" and "JavaScript".

Hard skills that are not on this list but have seen an increase of 100 or more postings are D Language, DevOps, Full Stack Frameworks, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Human Resources Software.


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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

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 3,854 -1,821  
Certified Registered Nurse (RN) 3,166 +207 Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS) 2,442 +605

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac
Life Support (ACLS)

Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 1,367 +302  
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1,172 -194

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1,026 +257

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  859 -11  
Continuing Education (CE) 808 -190  

HAZMAT

700 +10 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 613 -208  
First Aid Certification 403 -167  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) 

369 -35

Occupational Safety & Health Administration
Certification (OSHA) 

Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)

362 +14

Certified Registered Nurse (RN),  Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Patient Care Technician (PCT) 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)  356 +63 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

346 -108 Accounting 

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

336 +77 Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)

329 +8 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), 

Board Certified (BC)

295 +20  
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) 292 +75  
Project Management Professional (PMP) 265 -174 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

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 November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016, 3,166 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 3,166 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 Commercial Driver's License (CDL), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from November 14, 2016 to December 13, 2016.

Employer Ad Volume
IBM 743
Ascension Health 701
HCA - The Heathcare Company 591
DELL 516
ACCENTURE  459
Amazon 360
Deloitte 325
The University of Texas System 312
Austin Medical Center 273
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas 254
Scott & White 252
St. David's Medical Center 234
Austin Independent School District 206
Compass Group 198
North Austin Medical Center 193
Robert Half International 190
Apex Systems, Inc. 188
Apple, Inc. 166
Randstad 165
Visa 146


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

Amazon, HCA-The Heathcare Company, Austin Medical CenterSt. David's Medical Center, North Austin Medical Center, Apex Systems, Inc., Heart Hspital of Austin, Massage Envy and Solarwinds Worldwide LLC are the employers that have seen increase of more than 90 job postings year-to-year.


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