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Austin Job Postings Report May 2017

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Jun 07, 2017
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT MAY 2017

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(APRIL 14, 2017 to MAY 13, 2017)
austinchamber.com/jobpostings

INSIGHTS

  • Lots of hiring. 5,400 more people employed between March 2017 and April 2017.

  • Many job openings, but fewer than a year ago. 41,100 Available Job Postings during May 2017, or 2,100 less compared to May 2016. 

  • Job postings in May 2017 is lower than May of past three years. The Austin MSA saw more than 42,000 Available Job Postings in 2014, 2015 and 2016 but is below 42,000 in May 2017.

  • Demand for Tech talent remains high. Software Developers-Applications replaced Registered Nurses as the top posted occupation since March 2017. The annual median wage for Software Developers-Applications in the Austin MSA increased from $99,420 to $105,150, according to the data by the BLS.

  • Plenty of middle wage jobs available. Ten of the Top 20 occupations posted require less than an associate's degree as the typical education needed for entry, representing about 6,400 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.

  • Unemployment tops 36,100. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.2% or 36,100 unemployed in April 2017. This represents an decrease of 5,200 unemployed compared to March 2017 which had a 3.6% unemployment rate or 41,300 unemployed. In April 2017, the number of unemployed (41,300) was slightly greater than the number of Available Job Postings (39,600).

  • More jobs ahead. Several companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA including about 580 jobs. The list includes Zenoss, Visual Lighting Technologies, Urban Mining, Republic National Distributing, Novarti Technologies, Northwestern Mutual, LeanDNA and Fathom Water Management.

  • Austin net job growth ranks 10th. The Austin MSA reported an annual job growth rate of 2.9% or 28,900 net new jobs in the 12 months ending in April making Austin the 10th fastest growing major metro. 


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 April 14, 2017 to May 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 Advailable Ads
Year-to-Year Percentage Change
Available Ads
Year-to-Year Difference
Computer & Mathematical Occupations 7,659 3,131 2.20% 167
Office and Administrative Support Occupations  4,011 2,125 -14.50% -678
Sales & Related Occupations  4,006 1,728 -7.20% -313
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations  4,001 1,636 -6.10% -262
Management Occupations 3,661 1,398 -2.80% -104
Business & Financial Operations Occupations  2,560 1,333 0.80% 21
Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations  2,046 1,208 -17.40% -431
Transportation & Material Moving Occupations 1,921 1,066 -9.40% -200
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations 1,734 1,036 2.80% 47
Education, Training, and Library Occupations 1,436 989 13.70% 173
Others (13) 8,049 4,499 -6.10% -527
Total (23) 41,084 20,149 -4.90% -2,107

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

There were approximately 41,100 Available Job Postings during the May 2017 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 2,100 Available Job Postings compared to May 2016. About 7,700 or 19 percent of the Available Job Postings during the May reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. Almost half of the Available Job Postings are New Job Postings for May 2017.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw the largest decline in the volume of Available Job Postings compared to May 2016 are Office and Administrative Support Occupations, Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Sales and Related Occupations and Transportation & Material Moving Occupations. Computer and Mathematical Occupations had the largest volume of New Job Postings for May 2017.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.2% or 36,100 unemployed in April 2017. This represents an decrease of 5,200 unemployed compared to March 2017 which had a 3.6% unemployment rate or 41,300 unemployed. In April 2017, the number of unemployed (41,300) was slightly greater than the number of Available Job Postings (39,600). 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.

The Austin MSA reported an annual job growth rate of 2.9% or 28,900 net new jobs in the 12 months ending in April making Austin the 10th fastest growing major metro. Education and Healthcare added the most jobs (6.0% or 6,900) in the last 12 months - while the fastest growing industry was Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities (7.6% or 1,300 jobs).

The U.S. News & World Report named Austin as the "Best Place to Live in the U.S." in 2017. Savills calls Austin "one of the 22 Cities at the Forefront of Global Tech" while SmartAsset named Austin as one of the "10 Best Cities to Raise a Family". Austin also comes in 3rd on Gallups' "Good Jobs Rate" ranking based on the percentage of adults who work for an employer full-time. Indeed ranked Austin No. 4 on its "25 Best Cities for Job Seekers" list.


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 May 2013 through May 2017.

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

Note: The data for May 2017 would be the sum of all posted ads from April 14, 2017 to May 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 total number of Available Job Postings was 37,200 in May 2013 and is 41,100 in May 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 April 14, 2017 to May 13, 2017.
Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2016

Software Developers-Applications is again, the top occupation posted in the Austin MSA and its annual median wage increased from $99,420 to $105,150 according to the latest data released by the BLS.

Software Developers-Applications, Management Analysts, Marketing Managers, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects and Sales Representatives-Wholesale and Manufacturing-Technical and Scientific Products, Information Technology Project Managers, Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists and Elementary School Teachers-Except Special Education all saw a 70 or more increase in year-to-year postings. First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Tellers and Web Developers saw a 140 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 April 14, 2017 to May 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.

Ten 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.

The Austin MSA has a higher hiring difficulty for Maids and Housekeeping CleanersManagement Analysts, Maintenance and Repair Workers-General and Registered Nurses when compared nationally. Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative AssistantsComputer Systems AnalystsComputer User Support Specialists and Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers are easier to recruit here when compared nationwide. Customer Service Representatives, Retail SalespersonsExecutive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants, First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers and Computer Systems Analysts are the easier-to-hire occupations in the Austin MSA.


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 April 14, 2017 to May 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 Computer Systems Engineers/Architects.

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 approximately 170 more 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 April 14, 2017 to May 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.

When compared nationally, the Austin MSA has an easier time recruiting Informatics Nurse Specialists, Computer and Information Research Scientists, Software Developers-Systems Software, Computer Network Architects, Operations Research AnalystsComputer User Support Specialists and Computer Systems Analysts.

Companies such as DELL, General Motors Corporation, ACCENTURE and IBM have seen a 100 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category. 

The Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward MSA and Denver-Aurora-Lakewood MSA all have a higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category 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 April 14, 2017 to May 13, 2017.

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

Pharmacy Technicians, Physical Therapists and Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists saw the largest year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings and the top employers posting for these positions are CVS Health, HCA-The Healthcare Company, Ascension Health and Scott & White. Critical Care NursesRegistered Nurses and Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational 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

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations saw approximately 260 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 April 14, 2017 to May 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 Ascension HealthHCA-The Healthcare CompanyScott & White and the Unitedhealth Group have seen a 100 or more year-to-year increase in postings under this category.

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.

Most of the year-to-year increases in this occupational category are for Pharmacy Technicians, though the demand is relatively easy to fill in our region and typically requires a high school diploma plus moderate-on-the-job training. Compared nationally, the Austin MSA has a higher hiring difficulty for Registered Nurses, Critical Care Nurses, Physical Therapists, Radiologic Technologists, Dental Hygienists, Medical and Clinical Laboratory TechniciansSurgical 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 April 14, 2017 to May 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 2,513 -150 Python, JavaScript (JS), Linux
Quality Assurance (QA) 2,341 -928  
Bilingual 1,959 -460  

Linux

1,952 -187 Python, Java, UNIX
Structured Query Language (SQL)  1,804 -438 Java
Python 1,721 +105

Java, Linux, C/C++, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 1,586 -264 Salesforce CRM SFDC 
JavaScript (JS)  1,505 -269 Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS),Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), jQuery
Pediatrics 1,311 +9  

Quality Control

1,304 -135  

Salesforce CRM SFDC

1,239 -8 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Technical Support 1,210 -476  
Software as a Service (SaaS) 1,208 +38  
 
C/C++ 1,200 -63

Java, Python, Linux, C#

Geriatrics

1,094 +186

 

Agile Software Development 1,078 -115 Java

Preventive Maintenance

1,065 +39  

Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

1.055 -160 Java
Web Services 1,046 -288 Java, JavaScript (JS), Representational State Transfer (REST)
Scrum Agile Methodology 1,004 +95 Java, Agile Software Development

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 April 14, 2017 to May 13, 2017, 2,513 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,513 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Python", "JavaScript (JS)" and "Linux".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 200 or more postings are Amazon Web Services and Machine Learning Techniques.


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 April 14, 2017 to May 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 5,962 -268  
Certified Registered Nurse (RN) 4,603 +637 Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS) 3,595 +1,063

Certified Registered Nurse (RN)

Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1,645 -201 Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1,134 -42

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

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,032 -88

 

Continuing Education (CE) 

1,011 -60  

Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 

802 +18  

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

768 -700 Driver's License
Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)  673 +91 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)
First Aid Certification 598 -144  

Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 

511 +6

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

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

498 -29 Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT)

Special Education (SPED)

496 -534  

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)

482 -13 Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)
HAZMAT 459 -393  
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)  452 -56  
Board Certified (BC) 436 +50 Board Eligible (BE) 
Project Management Professional (PMP) 424 -2  
Patient Care Technician (PCT) 382 +120

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistant (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 April 14, 2017 to May 13, 2017, 4,603 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 4,603 job postings also had other required/optional certification(s) such as “Basic Life Support (BLS)”.

Certifications that saw an increase of 100 or more postings are Basic Life Support (BLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Early Childhood Education (ECE), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Pharmacy Technician (PT).


TOP EMPLOYERS

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

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 1,316
DELL 1,011
IBM 808
HCA - The Healthcare Company 642
ACCENTURE  551
Randstad 383
Austin Independent School District 365
The University of Texas System 346
Amazon 340
Robert Half International 305
Apple Inc. 304
Goodwill Industries 258
Scott & White 258
Deloitte 256
Apex Systems, Inc. 244
Army 237
Compass Group 197
Kforce Professional Staffing, Inc. 194
BROOKDALE 181
Austin Medical Center 16

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

Ascension Health, DELL, IBMACCENTURE, Amazon, Randstad, Scott & White, Austin Medical Center, St. David's Medical Center, Seton Family of Hospitals, TX, Massage Envy and Forcepoint LLC are the employers that have seen an increase of more than 100 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