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Austin Job Postings Report November 2017

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Dec 18, 2017
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT NOVEMBER 2017

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

  • 40,500 Available Job Openings, but fewer than a year ago. 40,500 Available Job Postings during November 2017, or 1,700 less compared to November 2016. Office and Administrative Support Occupations, Sales and Related Occupations, Computer and Mathematical Occupations, Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Management Occupations saw a decline of 200 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings. 

  • The Education, Training and Library Occupations, Business and Financial Operations, Architecture and Engineering Occupations, Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations and Community and Social Services Occupations had an increase of 100 or more postings year-to-year.

  • While the Available Job Postings in November 2017 is above 40,000, similar to November 2016 and November 2015, the volume of New Job Postings was at its lowest in November 2017, compared to the same period from 2013 to 2016.  According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.6% or 29,300 unemployed in October 2017, signifying an increasingly tight labor market.

  • Demand for Tech talent remains high. Seven of the Top 20 occupations are tech-related. Registered Nurses is the top posted occupation for November 2017 and also saw the largest year-to-year increase in postings, followed by Teacher Assistants.

  • More jobs ahead. Companies recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing about 745 plus jobs. The list includes TrendKite, Tiff's Treats, Opcity, OnlineMedEd, NSS Labs, Lonestar Tangible Assets, Irby Construction, Forte Medical, EverlyWell, Dynamic Manufacturing, ClearDATA and Alsco Linen.


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 October 14, 2017 to November 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 6,863 2,701 -5.40% -393

Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 

4,286 1,508 -0.50% -22

Office and Administrative Support Occupations 

4,085 1,888 -12.30% -573
Sales and Related Occupations 3,846 1,506 -11.60% -503
Management Occupations  3,517 1,228 -5.40% -201
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  2,783 1,041 9.50% 242
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  2,220 1,154 -12.90% -328
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,920 1,233 -10.60% -227

Education, Training and Library Occupations

1,479 441 55.00% 525
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupations 1,415 747 -7.00% -106
Others (13) 8,063 4,444 1.40% -111
Total (23) 40,477 17,646 -4.00% -1,697

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

There were approximately 40,500 Available Job Postings during the November 2017 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 1,700 Available Job Postings compared to November 2016. About 6,900 or 17 percent of the Available Job Postings during the November reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations. 44 percent or 17,600 are New Job Postings.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw the largest increases in the volume of Available Job Postings compared to November 2016 are Education, Training and Library Occupations, Business and Financial Operations, Architecture and Engineering Occupations, Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations and Community and Social Services Occupations. 

Office and Administrative Support OccupationsSales and Related Occupations, Computer and Mathematical Occupations, Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and Management Occupations saw a decline of 200 or more year-to-year Available Job Postings.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.6% or 29,300 unemployed in October 2017. This represents an decrease of 3,900 unemployed compared to September 2017 which had a 2.9% unemployment rate or 33,200 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 November 2013 through November 2017.

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

Note: The data for November 2017 would be the sum of all posted ads from October 14, 2017 to November 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 November 2015, November 2016 and November 2017. However, in terms of New Job Postings, there were only 17,600 in November 2017, the lowest compared to the same time period from 2013 through 2016. 


TOP 20 JOB POSTINGS

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

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

Registered Nurses, Teacher Assistants, Retail Salespersons, Social and Human Service Assistants and Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses all saw a 70 or more increase in year-to-year postings. Customer Service RepresentativesNetwork and Computer Systems AdministratorsDemonstrators and Product Promoters, Medical SecretariesLaborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, HandWeb DevelopersHeavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, Computer Programmers and Sales Managers had a 120 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 October 14, 2017 to November 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.

Almost 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.

Approximately slightly more than 50 percent of all Available Job Postings require an Associate's degree or more as the entry level of educational qualification needed for the posted occupation, while 25 percent require a high school diploma or equivalent.


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 October 14, 2017 to November 13, 2017.

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

Computer and Information Research Scientists saw the largest year-to-year increase in Available Jobs Postings, followed by Software Developers, Applications and Information Security Analysts. 

Network and Computer Systems AdministratorsWeb Developers and Computer Programmers saw the largest decline in year-to-year Available Job Postings


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 October 14, 2017 to November 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 IBM, DELL, ACCENTURE, Apple, Inc., posted the 30 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 October 14, 2017 to November 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.

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

Ascension Health and Seton Family of Hospitals, TX 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 October 14, 2017 to November 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. Surgical Technologists has a higher hiring difficulty which require at least a postsecondary 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 October 14, 2017 to November 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)
2,611
-156
 
Java
2,185
-353
Python, JavaScript (JS), Linux
Bilingual
1,995
+83
 
Python
1,838
+253  Java, Linux
Quality Control

1,811

+538 Java, Linux
Structured Query Language (SQL)
1,802
-136 Java
Linux
1,663
-256
Python, Java, UNIX 
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

1,654

+162

 
Pediatrics
1,504
+331
 

JavaScript (JS)

1,431 

-159
Java, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 

Technical Support

1,392
+239  
Salesforce CRM SFDC

1,347

+326
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Geriatrics
1,290
+418  
Preventive Maintenance

1,213

+186  

Software as a Service (SaaS)

1,106

-124

 
Bilingual Spanish
1,077
+140 Bilingual

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML)

1,074
+50 JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java
C/C++ 1,064 -49 Python, Java, Linux
Amazon Web Services 985
+274
Java, Python, Microsoft Windows Azure, Linux, DevOps
Agile Software Development 980
-139
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 October 14, 2017 to November‚Äč 13, 2017, 2,611 job postings required “Java” as a skill and 30% or more of those 2,611 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 Quality Control, Geriatrics, English Speaker, Behavioral Health, English Speaker, Pediatrics, Salesforce CRM SFDC and Microsoft Office Visio.

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 October 14, 2017 to November 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

6,650

+1,502
 
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
6,202
+2,449
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
5,052
+2,212
Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
1,963
+559
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
 
1,624
+468
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Continuing Education (CE)  1,400 +449  
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,185
+190
 
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 
924
+192
 
Commercial Driver's License (CDL)  821 -949 Driver's License
Secret Clearance

815

+488
 
Accounting 740

+130

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

First Aid Certification

667
+178
Driver's License
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
 
664 +272 Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Patient Care Technician (PCT)  
Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA)
 
 
 
650

+202

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)
 
612
+262
Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 

HAZMAT

604 -204 Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)  600
+194
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) 
Patient Care Technician (PCT)
524
+233

Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

463 +32 Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 452
+33
 
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 October 14, 2017 to November 13, 2017, 6,202 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 6,202 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 Certified Registered NurseBasic Life Support (BLS), Driver's LicenseCertification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)Secret ClearanceAdvanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Continuing Education (CE).


TOP EMPLOYERS

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

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 959
DELL 894
HCA - The Healthcare Company 835
IBM 567
Austin Independent School District
561
The University of Texas System 560
Apple Inc. 457
ACCENTURE 396
Scott & White
384
Deloitte 341
Target Corporation 286
Robert Half International
247
Compass Group
247
Goodwill Industries
246
Randstad
245
Texas State University
223
Seton Familiy of Hospitals, TX
201
BROOKDALE 194
Apex Systems, Inc. 193
General Electric 184

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

Austin Independent School District, Apple Inc., DELL, The University of Texas System, HCA-The Healthcare Company and the Seton Family of Hospitals, TX are the companies that have seen an increase of more than 200 Available Job Postings year-to-year. For New Job Postings in November 2017, Ascension Health, Seton Family of Hospitals, TX, Apple Inc., Austin Energy and Pflugerville ISD saw a year-to-year increase of 70 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