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Austin Job Postings Report December 2017

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Jan 11, 2018
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT DECEMBER 2017

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(NOVEMBER 14, 2017 to DECEMBER 13, 2017)
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INSIGHTS

  • About 50 percent of all Available Job Postings for 2017 required an Associate's degree or more as the level of education needed for entry into the job posted. About 41 percent required a Bachelor's degree, and more than half of these do not require any work experience nor on-the-job training. 28 percent required a high school diploma or equivalent and most of these also required relevant work experience or on-the-job training.13 percent of posted jobs required no formal education credential but a majority would need some short-term on-the-job training. 

  • 37,400 Available Job Openings, similar to the same time period last year. 37,400 Available Job Postings during December 2017, similar to postings in December 2016. Both Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Office and Administrative Support Occupations saw a decline of 450 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.

  • Education, Training and Library Occupations saw an increase of 900 or more year-to-year postings, mostly for Teacher Assistants, Preschool Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers and Special Education Teachers. Employers such as Austin ISDPflugerville ISD and Leander ISD have posted positions related to Education, Training and Library Occupations. Austin ISD started to increase their postings in the last quarter of 2017.

  • The share of New Job Postings compared to Available Job Postings declined in December 2017. This means that New Job Postings accounted for only 40 percent of Available Job Postings in December 2017. It had been above 44 percent since December 2016.

  • Demand for Tech talent slowed down in December. Computer and Mathematical Occupations accounts for a lower share, 16 percent, of all Available Job PostingsThis is about 500 less postings compared to the same time period last year.

  • According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.7% or 31,300 unemployed in November 2017, continuing signs of an increasingly tight labor market. 

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing about 2,350 plus jobs. The expansion list includes Vandelay Education, Smarter Sorting, Monolith Semiconductor, Kendra Scott Design, Josco Products, Indeed, GenXComm, Flasher Equipment, Duo Security and Dosh. New location announcements came from Wisetek (Cork, Ireland), Farsoon Technologies (Hunan, China), Carnegie Tecnologies (San Antonio, TX), Dailey Electric (College Station, TX), Francis Renewables (Tulsa, OK), Lobster Ink (New York, NY), Sage Green Life (Chicago, IL), Smaller Earth (Stamford, CT) and Walmart Technology (Bentonville, AR).


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017, 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 Available Ads
Year-to-Year Percentage Change
Available Ads
Year-to-Year Difference
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 6,140 2,158 -8.00% -533

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 

4,261 1,270 5.70% 228

Office and Administrative Support Occupations 

3,692 1,589 -10.90% -450
Sales and Related Occupations 3,458 1,338 -5.20% -190
Management Occupations  3,269 1,194 -3.50% -118
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  2,506 795 1.80% 45
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  1,928 843 0.70% 14
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,806 1,097 -1.00% -18

Education, Training and Library Occupations

1,746 520 108.90% 910
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 1,245 615 -6.10% -81
Others (13) 7,370 4,444 2.10% -155
Total (23) 37,421 15,099 -0.10% -38

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

There were approximately 37,400 Available Job Postings during the December 2017 monthly reporting period, similar to postings in December 2016. About 6,100 or 16 percent of the Available Job Postings during the December reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. 40 percent or 15,100 are New Job Postings, an 8.9 percent decrease compared to December 2016.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw the largest increases in the volume of Available Job Postings compared to December 2016 are Education, Training and Library Occupations, Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations. 

Computer and Mathematical OccupationsOffice and Administrative Support OccupationsSales and Related Occupations and Management Occupations saw a decline of 100 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.7% or 31,300 unemployed in November 2017. This represents an increase of 2,000 unemployed compared to October 2017 which had a 2.6% unemployment rate or 29,300 unemployed. 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. 


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 2013 through December 2017.

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

Note: The data for December 2017 would be the sum of all posted ads from November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017. 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 share of New Job Postings compared to Available Job Postings declined in December 2017. New Job Postings now accounted for only 40 percent of Available Job Postings when it has been consistently above 44 percent since December 2016. 

In December 2016, 46 percent of Available Job Postings were Less than 30 days old. In December 2017, only 40 percent of Available Job Postings are Less than 30 days old, meaning that employers are having to posting jobs for a longer period of time.


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Registered Nurses, Teacher Assistants, Elementary School Teachers, Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers and First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers all saw a 100 or more increase in year-to-year postings. Web Developers, Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand, Customer Service Representatives, Computer Systems Analysts and Network and Computer Systems Administrators had a 100 or more decrease 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 November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

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 Score scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit.

More than half of the Top 20 occupations posted, or about 6,800 postings, require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry. Retail Salespersons, Maids and Housekeeping CleanersTeacher Assistants and Janitors and Cleaners posted an annual median wage of less than $30,000 in the Austin MSA.

Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers, Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Registered Nurses and Maintenance and Repair Workers, General are occupations that are harder to fill in the Austin MSA region when compared nationally. All except Registered Nurses require a high school diploma or less as the typical education needed for entry.


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Information Technology Project Managers and Computer and Information Research Scientists saw the largest year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings

Web DevelopersNetwork and Computer Systems Administrators and Computer Systems Analysts saw the largest decline in year-to-year Available Job Postings. Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw an overall decline of about 8 percent or 530 Available Job Postings when compared to December 2016.


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017.


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 Apple, Inc., Merck and Booz Allen Hamilton posted 40 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. 

Compared nationwide, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA has a lower hiring difficulty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, Boston-Cambridge-Newton 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 November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses saw the largest increase in Available Job Postings while Critical Care Nurses and Pharmacy Technicians saw the largest decline in year-to-year postings.

All the Top 20 occupations in this category pay an annual median wage of more than $30,000 in the Austin MSA

Seton Family of Hospitals, TX,  Ascension Health and Scott & White had an increase of 100 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 November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

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.

Surgical Technologists has a higher hiring difficulty which require at least a postsecondary award and has an annual median wage of $44,390. The Austin MSA has a much higher hiring difficulty for Healthcare and Practitioners and Technical Occupations when compared nationwide or to other Texas cities such as Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington MSA, San Antonio-New Braunfels MSA and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA that have more established medical schools.

 


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

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)
Quality Assurance (QA)
2,423
+229  
Java
2,023
-154
Python, JavaScript (JS), Linux
Bilingual
1,819
-49
 
Python
1,707
+252  Java, Linux

Linux

1,571

-111 Python, Java, Unix
Structured Query Language (SQL)
1,557
-128 Java
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
1,557
+181
 
Quality Control

1,526

+252

 
Pediatrics
1,383
+325
 

JavaScript (JS)

1,233 

-263
Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Structured Query Language (SQL), Python 

Salesforce CRM SFDC

1,224
+266 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Technical Support

1,209

+159

 
Preventive Maintenance
1,075
+148  
Software as a Service (SaaS)

1,023

-7  

Bilingual Spanish

991

+92

Bilingual
Geriatrics
967
+25 Pediatrics

C/C++

956

+13

Python, Java, Linux

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 909 -39 JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java
Amazon Web Services 906
+179
Java, Python, Linux, Microsoft Windows Azure, DevOps
Agile Software Development 866
-124
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 November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017, 2,023 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,023 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python""JavaScript (JS)" and Linux".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 250 or more increase in year-to-year postings are English SpeakerPediatrics, Behavioral HealthSalesforce CRM SFDC, Python and Quality Control.

Under the Computer and Mathematical Occupational group, the hard skills that have seen an increase of 150 or more year-to-year are Amazon Web Services, Python, Microsoft Windows Azure, Microsoft Office Visio and Cyber Security. Geriatrics, Critical Care, Quality Control, Pediatrics, Behavioral Health, Cath Lab and Medical-Surgical Nursing saw a similar increase for the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupational group.


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, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

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

5,913

+1,095
 
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
5,438
+2,169
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
4,770
+2,224
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,885
+583
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Continuing Education (CE) 
1,251

+329

 
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1,244 +147 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,071
+102
 
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 
868
+174
 
Secret Clearance 727 +430  
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 

725

-701

 
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 707

+360

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

First Aid Certification

653
+203
 
Accounting
627 +21 Certified Public Accountant (CPA)  
Special Education (SPED)
595

+331

 
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 
 
 
559
+227
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

HAZMAT

544 -216 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 

Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)

 

530
+198
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Graduate Nurse (GN) 
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
503
+238

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS), Graduate Nurse (GN) 

Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)

441 +42 Certified in Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN))
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 433
+22
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 
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, 2017 to December 13, 2017, 5,438 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 5,438 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 400 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Registered NurseDriver's LicenseCertification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)Secret Clearance.


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin - Round Rock - San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from November 14, 2017 to December 13, 2017.

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 1,031
Austin Independent School District 923
DELL 746
HCA-The Healthcare Company 591
IBM
565
The University of Texas System 540
Apple Inc. 489
Scott & White 404
ACCENTURE
338
Seton Familiy of Hospitals, TX 317
Deloitte 313
Goodwill Industries
297
Target Corporation
237
Robert Half International
233
Compass Group
226
Randstad
214
Pflugerville ISD
204
Texas State University 198
Apex Systems, Inc. 189
General Electric 183

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

Austin Independent School District, Apple Inc., Apple Inc., Seton Familiy of Hospitals, TX, Ascension HealthDELL and The University of Texas System are the companies that have seen an increase of more than 200 Available Job Postings year-to-year. For New Job Postings in December 2017, Ascension Health, Austin ISDSeton Family of Hospitals, TX 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