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Austin Job Postings Report October 2016

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Nov 07, 2016
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT OCTOBER 2016

AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(SEPTEMBER 14, 2016 to OCTOBER 13, 2016)
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The following job market report is designed to provide insight into current employer demands, skills and occupations in the Austin MSA.

INSIGHTS


TOP JOB POSTINGS

The chart and table below lists the available unique ads in major occupation groups from September 14, 2016 to October 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 7,466 -9.20% -753
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 4262 -9.80% -464
Sales & Related Occupations 4,188 -10.10% -469
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations  4,155 -8.40% -383
Management Occupations 3,652 -1.30% -49
Business & Financial Operations Occupations  2,473 -7.30% -194
Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations  2,290 -2.40% -56
Transportation & Material Moving Occupations 1,873 -7.50% -152
Installation, Maintenance & Repair Occupations 1,520 -6.10% -99
Construction & Extraction Occupations 1,307 -5.70% -79
Others (13) 7,561 -7.90% -649
Total (23) 40,747 -7.60% -3,347

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

There were approximately 40,750 Available Job Postings during the October 2016 monthly reporting period, a decrease of about 3,350 Available Job Postings compared to October 2015. About 7,500 or 18 percent of the available postings during the October reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations.

Other occupational groups not reflected in this report that accounts for another 5,000 Available Job Openings are Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations (3%), Architecture and Engineering Occupations (3%), Healthcare Support Occupations (2%), Education, Training, and Library Occupations (2%) and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations (2%). Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations and Healthcare Support Occupations were the two occupational groups that saw a very slight increase in postings compared to the same time last year.

USA Today ranked Austin 9th on the "American Cities Adding The Most Jobs". The Kauffman Foundation named Austin 1st in the "Top 25 Cities For Startup Activity, 2016". According to CBRE, Austin is ranked 5th in the "Scoring Tech Talent" list for 2016.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 3.5% or 39,100 unemployed in September 2016. The Austin MSA reported an annual job growth rate of 3.0% or 28,900 net new jobs in September 2016, making Austin the ninth best performing among the 50 largest metro areas. Professional and Business Services added the most jobs (6,000 or 3.7%) in the past year. The fastest growing industries are Wholesale Trade (8.8%) and Construction and Natural Resources (8.6%). 

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 October 2012 through October 2016.

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

Note: The data for October 2016 would be the sum of all posted ads from September 14, 2016 to October 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 roughly 31,600 in October 2012 and have risen to 40,750 in October 2016. Of the 40,750 job postings, about half are New Job Postings. About 81% are for full-time positions, 12% are part-time positions, 6% are contract positions and about 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 September 14, 2016 to October 13, 2016.

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

Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners, Management Analysts, Sales Managers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Medical and Health Services Managers and Maintenance and Repair Workers, General were the few occupations that saw a very slight year-to-year increase in postings.

About 1% or 480 of the available job postings, not reflected in this report, are for internship positions. The top internship postings are for Registered NursesElectriciansMarket Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Civil Engineers and Public Relations Specialists. Both the Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Architecture and Engineering Occupations saw a slight increase in internship postings while the Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media Occupations saw a decline.


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 September 14, 2016 to October 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.

Half of the Top 20 occupations in our region require a Bachelor's degree while almost all the rest require an educational qualification of less than an Associate's degree.  

Registered Nurses remain the top occupation and a significant increase in postings are from Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals. Software Developers, Applications saw an increase in postings from All Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers (except Tobacco Stores).


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 September 14, 2016 to October 13, 2016.

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

The Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw almost 750 less Available Job Postings compared to the same period last year. Software Developers, Applications, Computer User Support Specialists, Web Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, Computer Programmers and Computer Systems Engineers/Architects saw its postings decrease by 80 or more.


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 September 14, 2016 to October 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 AmazonVisaTexcelVision Inc., Advanced Micro Devices, BAE Systems Group, Whole Foods, Wipro Ltd., RedSalsa, Austin Fraser USA, innoSoul, Inc., Solarwinds, Social Solutions and Trend Micro have increase their postings under Computer and Mathematical Occupations.

The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont MSA  has a slightly higher hiring difficulty in this occupational category compared to the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA while the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue MSA has 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 September 14, 2016 to October 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 380 decrease in postings compared to the same time last year. Surgical Technologists continues to see the largest year-to-year increase in postings, followed by Radiologic Technologists, Respiratory Therapists and Pharmacy Technicians.


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 September 14, 2016 to October 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 St. David's Surgical Hospital, Heart Hospital of Austin, HCA - The Healthcare Company,Scott & White, RehabCare, HealthTrust Workforce Solutions, US Oncology - Corporate, Kindred at Home and Satellite Healthcare have seen an increase in postings under this category.


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 September 14, 2016 to October 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 2,505 -250  
Quality Assurance (QA) 2,213 -429  
D Language 2,021 +1,844  
Linux 1,872 -384 UNIX, Java, Python
Structured Query Language (SQL) 1,790 -307 Java
Bilingual 1,692 -496  
JavaScript (JS) 1,638 -128 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), jQuery
Python 1,516 -45 Java, Linux, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 1,394 -305  
Pediatrics 1,225 +7  
Software as a Service (SaaS) 1,190 +195  
Quality Control 1,174 -174  
Technical Support 1,152 -285  
C/C++ 1,093 +728 Java, Python, Linux, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC)  1,062 -63 Java
Web Services 1,025 -214 Java, JavaScript (JS), Structured Query Language (SQL)
Salesforce CRM SFDC 1,025 -156 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
UNIX 1,007 -162 Linux, Java, Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL)
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 979 -208 JavaScript (JS), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java
Practical Extraction and Reporting Language (PERL) 960 -50 Python, Linux, Java, C/C++, UNIX, Scripting Languages

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 September 14, 2016 to October 13, 2016, 1,638 job postings required “JavaScript (JS)” as a skill and 30% or more of those 1,638 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and jQuery”.

D Language is a hard skill that Wanted Technologies is beginning to track.  C/C++ saw the largest year-to-year increase in demand and other notable increases not on this list are DevOps, Amazon Web Services and Node.js


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 September 14, 2016 to October 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 4,959 -445  
Certified Registered Nurse (RN) 4,181 83 Basic Life Support (BLS)
Basic Life Support (BLS) 3,011 280 Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 2,058 1,131  
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1,431 -192 Certified Registered Nurse (RN)
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 1,144 -9 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 
Continuing Education (CE) 893 -218  
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA) 880 -59  
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 749 -89  
HAZMAT 715 -134 Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA) 526 203 Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Patient Care Technician (PCT)
First Aid Certification 461 -57  
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 460 151 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), Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) 
Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) 445 213 Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 437 -80 Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 427 -47  
Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS)  408 97 Certified Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA)  403 -92  
Board Certified (BC) 342 47  
Special Education (SPED) 341 -115  

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 September 14, 2016 to October 13, 2016, 4,181 job postings required “Certified Registered Nurse” as a certification and 30% or more of those 4,181 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), Accounting, Basic Life Support (BLS), Secret Clearance, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Patient Care Technician (PCT) and Certified in Nursing Administration (CNA).


TOP EMPLOYERS

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

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 890
IBM 861
DELL 673
HCA - The Heathcare Company 572
ACCENTURE  450
Amazon 344
The University of Texas System 322
Goodwill Industries of Central Texas 308
Deloitte 287
Austin Medical Center 276
Compass Group 271
St. David's Medical Center 251
Robert Half International 244
Scott & White 243
Aerotek 233
Austin Independent School District 220
North Austin Medical Center 213
Randstad 199
Apex Systems, Inc. 190
Target Corporation 174
Hilton Worldwide 161
Apple, Inc. 161
BROOKDALE 155
Kforce Professional Staffing, Inc. 154
Visa 138

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

Amazon, Target Corporation, Compass Group, St. David's Medical Center, St. David's Surgical Center and Whole Foods 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