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Austin Job Postings Report July 2017

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Aug 10, 2017
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT JULY 2017

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(JUNE 14, 2017 to JULY 13, 2017)
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INSIGHTS

  • Many job openings, but fewer than a year ago. 38,200 Available Job Postings during July 2017, or 3,300 less compared to July 2016. 

  • Job postings in July 2017 is lower than July of past three years. The Austin MSA saw more than 40,000 Available Job Postings in July of 2014, 2015 and 2016 but is below 40,000 in July 2017.

  • Demand for Tech talent remains high. Software Developers-Applications replaced Registered Nurses as the top posted occupation beginning March 2017. While Registered Nurses is the top posted occupation currently for July 2017, Software Developers-Applications saw the largest year-to-year increase in postings for all occupations posted. 

  • Plenty of middle wage jobs available. Half of the Top 20 occupations posted require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry, representing about 5,900 postings. All but two, Retail Salesperson and Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, posted an annual median wage of $30,000 or more in the Austin MSA. Almost one-fifth of all Available Job Postings that require at least a high school diploma, also pays an annual median wage of between $30,000 to $60,000.

  • Unemployment tops 38,600. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.4% or 38,600 unemployed in June 2017. 

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, about 800 jobs. The list includes Stantec, Silvercar, Merck & Co., Gold Rush Vinyl, Dialpad, Bright Pearl and Arrive Logistics.


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 June 14, 2017 to July 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 7,132 3,026 -0.20% -12
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations  3,791 1,302 -20.40% -974
Office and Administrative Support Occupations  3,715 1,949 -10.90% -455
Management Occupations 3,571 1,421 -1.70% -60
Sales and Related Occupations  3,438 1,439 -13.10% -518
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  2,369 967 -5.30% -132
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  1,765 846 -20.20% -446
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,711 1,115 -12.70% -248
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 1,696 1,003 -0.10% -2
Education, Training and Library 1,497 513 +17.00% +217
Others (13) 7,540 4,245 -8.40% -689
Total (23) 38,225 17,826 -8.00% -3,319

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

There were approximately 38,200 Available Job Postings during the July 2017 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 3,300 Available Job Postings compared to July 2016. About 7,100 or 19 percent of the Available Job Postings during the July reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. 46 percent of the Available Job Postings are New Job Postings for July 2017.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw the largest decline in the volume of Available Job Postings compared to July 2016 are Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, Sales and Related Occupations, Office and Administrative Support Occupations and Food Preparation and Serving Related OccupationsComputer and Mathematical Occupations had the largest volume of New Job Postings for July 2017.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.4% or 38,600 unemployed in June 2017. This represents an increase of 2,500 unemployed compared to May 2017 which had a 3.2% unemployment rate or 36,100 unemployed. 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 July 2013 through July 2017.

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

Note: The data for July 2017 would be the sum of all posted ads from June 14, 2017 to July 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 Austin MSA saw more than 40,000 Available Job Postings in July of 2014, 2015 and 2016 but is below 40,000 in July 2017.


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique available job postings in the Austin – Round Rock – San Marcos MSA from June 14, 2017 to July 13, 2017.

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

Software Developers-Applications, Marketing Managers, Management Analysts and Information Technology Project Managers all saw a 100 or more increase in year-to-year postings. Registered Nurses, First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers and Critical Care Nurses saw a 170 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 June 14, 2017 to July 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.

Half of the Top 20 occupations posted require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry. All but two, Retail Salesperson and Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, posted an annual median wage of $30,000 or more in the Austin MSA.

Customer Service Representatives, Retail SalespersonsComputer Systems AnalystsExecutive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers are the easier-to-hire occupations in the Austin MSA. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects, Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers, Web Developers, Marketing Managers and Information Technology Project Managers are the job postings that more difficult to fill in our region but also require an associate's or bachelor's degree.


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 June 14, 2017 to July 13, 2017.

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

Software Developers, Applications saw the largest year-to-year increase in Available Jobs Postings, followed by Information Technology Project Managers and Computer Systems Engineers/Architects. Computer Systems AnalystsWeb Developers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators and Database Administrators saw the largest decline in Available Job Postings. In terms of New Job Postings, Software Developers, Applications and Information Technology Project Managers saw the largest year-to-year increases, about 90 or more.

The annual median wages in this occupational category saw an increase of $3,490 from $79,980 in 2015 to $83,470 in 2016.

Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw a similar volume of 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 June 14, 2017 to July 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 AmazonACCENTURE, DELL and Apple Inc. posted the most year-to-year increase in postings under this category. 

The San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara MSA, Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA and the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA have a higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category while the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale MSA has a slightly lower level of hiring difficulty 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 June 14, 2017 to July 13, 2017.

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

Registered Nurses and Critical Care Nurses saw the largest decline in Available Job Postings.

The annual median wage for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin MSA also decreased slightly from $60,740 in 2015 to $60,500 in 2016. All the top occupations in this category pay an annual median wage of more than $30,000 in the Austin MSA

Companies such as Seton Family of Hospitals, TXAustin Medical Center and Scott & White have posted 50 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category.

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations saw approximately 970 less Available Job Postings compared to the same period last year. 


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 June 14, 2017 to July 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.

More than half of these top posted occupations require an associate's degree or less as the typical level of education needed for entry into the occupation. The highest hiring difficulty is for Surgical Technologists which require at least a postsecondary non-degree award and has an annual median wage of $44,390.

 


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 June 14, 2017 to July 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)
Java
2,253
-52
Python, Linux
Quality Assurance (QA)
2,175
-385
 
Bilingual
1,888
-120
 
Linux
1,801
+6 Python, Java, Linux
 
Python 
1,763
+358
Java, Linux, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL), C/C++
Structured Query Language (SQL) 
1,731
-271 Java
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
1,508
+158
Salesforce CRM SFDC 
JavaScript (JS) 
1,340
-223
Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS),Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 
Quality Control 
1,338
+114
 
Salesforce CRM SFDC
1,323
+343
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Technical Support
1,230
-88
 
Pediatrics
1,135
-30
 
Software as a Service (SaaS)
1,104
+100
 
Preventive Maintenance 
1,082
+56  
C/C++
1,071
+93
Java, Python, Linux
Geriatrics
1,070
+301
Pediatrics
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)
1,044
+41
Java
Agile Software Development 
998
-56
Java, Scrum Agile Methodology
Bilingual Spanish 994
+25
Bilingual
UNIX
975
-61
Linux, Java, Python

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 June 14, 2017 to July 13, 2017, 2,253 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,253 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 Python, Amazon Web Services, SalesForce CRM SFDC, Geriatrics and English Speaker.


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 June 14, 2017 to July 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
5,857
+390
 
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
4,391
+554
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
3,430
+876
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,533
-37
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
1,093
-38
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 
1,039
+96
 
Continuing Education (CE) 
935
-37
 
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
756
-988
Driver's License
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 
752
+67  
Special Education (SPED)
624
-43
 
First Aid Certification 
577
+16
 
Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 
491
-27
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)
Project Management Professional (PMP) 
463
+63  
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS) 
456
+143
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)
437
+84
 
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 
436
-9
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS),  Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)
HAZMAT
430
-409
 
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 
398
-51

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

 
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)  377
-5
 
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
374
+154
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)
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 June 14, 2017 to July 13, 2017, 4,391 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 4,391 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 150 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN) and Driver's License.


TOP EMPLOYERS

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

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 
861
DELL 840
HCA - The Healthcare Company 586
IBM 477
Austin Independent School District
463
Apple, Inc.
419
ACCENTURE
415
Robert Half International 406
The University of Texas System
366
Amazon 
358
Scott & White Apple Inc.
288
Goodwill Industries
286
Seton Family of Hospitals, TX 
268
Randstad
261
Apex Systems, Inc. 
257
Army
244
Deloitte 
238
General Electric 236
Compass Group
191
Kforce Professional Staffing, Inc.
176

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

DELL, Seton Family of Hospitals, TX and General Electric are the employers that have seen an increase of more than 200 job postings year-to-year. Companies not on this list such as Massage Envy, Starbucks, Fairmont Austin and Forcepoint LLC also saw an increase in year-to-year 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