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Austin Job Postings Report October 2018

Posted By Kwee Lan Teo | Nov 15, 2018
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AUSTIN JOB POSTINGS REPORT OCTOBER 2018

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AUSTIN - ROUND ROCK - SAN MARCOS MSA
(SEPTEMBER 14, 2018 to OCTOBER 13, 2018)
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INSIGHTS

  • There were approximately 40,100 Available Job Postings during the October 2018 monthly reporting period, 2,000 less postings when compared to October 2017. 

  • 8,400 or 21 percent of the Available Job Postings during the October reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations.

  • Approximately 43 percent or about 17,100 of Available Job Postings are New Job Postings with Computer and Mathematical OccupationsOffice and Administrative Support Occupations, Sales and Related Occupations and Management Occupations leading in this category.

  • 14,500 or 36% of all Available Job Postings pay an annual median wage of between $30,000 to $65,000 in the Austin MSA for October 2018. Of these 14,500 posted jobs in this category3,600 or 25 percent would require more than a high school diploma but less than a bachelor's degree while 8,617 or 59 percent would require a high school diploma or less. The top 10 posted occupations or approximately 5,500 postings, in this annual median wage range of $30,000 to $65,000 category, all require an entry level education of less than an associate's degree. These are the top 10 posted occupations: First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers, Customer Service Representatives, Computer User Support Specialists, First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers, Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers, Maintenance and Repair Workers-General, Sales Representatives-Services-All Other, First-Line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants and Light Truck or Delivery Services Drivers.

  • The region's Master Community Workforce Plan's top-line target is to ensure that in the five years between 2017-2021, an additional 1,800-plus Austin residents currently in poverty receive training, credentialing, and are placed in jobs paying at least $40,000 in technology, healthcare and skilled trades.

  • Austin added 40,000 net new jobs in the 12 months ending in September, making Austin the 7th fastest growing major metro.

  • 60 percent of the approximate 17,200 unemployment insurance (UI) claimants in FY 2018 that are actively seeking a job in Travis County have less than an associate's degree, according to Workforce Solutions Capital Area.

  • According to the Travis County Poverty Brief, the American Community Survey 2012-2016 data shows that 32 percent or 355,874 of Travis County residents have an income under 200% of the poverty threshold. 

  • More jobs ahead. Companies have recently announced new location or expansion plans in the Austin MSA, representing almost 2,100 jobs. The expansion list includes William Murray Golf, WeWork, Texas Mutual, TaskRabbit, Rollick, Roku, Gensler, ESO Solutions, ClearBlade and Amazon. Employers such as Resideo (Golden Valley, MN), Honor (San Francisco, CA), ePac (Middleton, WI), Displate (Warsaw, Poland) and Babylon (London, United Kingdom) are the companies that have announced new location plans in Austin.

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 list the available unique ads in major occupation groups from September 14, 2018, to October 13, 2018, 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 (as a Percent of Available Ads in the same occupational group) Available Ads Year-to-Year Percentage Change Available Ads Year-to-Year Difference
Computer and Mathematical Occupations 8,368 3,230 (39%) +12.40% +922
Sales and Related Occupations 4,211 1,524 (36%) +2.70% +111
Management Occupations 4,017 1,464 (36%) +2.90% +113
Office and Administrative Support 3,738 1,812 (44%) -12.50% -535
Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations 3,581 1,359 (38%) -5.40% -203
Business and Financial Operations Occupations  3,218 1,223 (39%) +14.20% +399
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations  1,771 950 (54%) -20.30% -452
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 1,677 951 (57%) -10.80% -203
Installation, Maintenance and Repair Occupation 1,404 722 (51%) -11.40% -181
Architecture and Engineering Occupations 1,266 399 (32%) -5.70% -76
Others (13) 6,828 3,462 (51%) -21.30% -1,852
Total (23) 40,079 17,096 (43%) -4.70% -1,957

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

There were approximately 40,100 Available Job Postings during the October 2018 monthly reporting period, 2,000 less postings when compared to September 2017.  8,400 or 21 percent of the Available Job Postings during the October reporting period fell under Computer and Mathematical Occupations which also had the largest year-to-year increases in postingsThe Business and Financial Operations Occupations also had significant increases in year-to-year postings.

The Major Occupational Groups that saw 400 year-to-year increases in Available Job Postings, when compared to October 2017 are Computer and Mathematical Occupations and Business and Financial Occupations. 

Approximately 44 percent or about 18,200 of job postings are New Job Postings with Computer and Mathematical Occupations, Management Occupations, Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations and Business and Financial Operations Occupations leading in this category.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the Austin MSA reported an unemployment rate of 2.7% or 32,400 unemployed in October 2018, with 2,200 less people unemployed when compared to the previous month. The unemployment rate was 2.7% or 31,600 unemployed in October 2017. The current labor force for the Austin MSA is 1,165,900, an increase of 43,100 into our regions' labor force, when compared to the same time last year. 


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 2014 through October 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL), Texas Workforce Commission

Note: The data for October 2018 would be the sum of all posted ads from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018. 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 had approximately 7,100 more Available Job Postings than the number of unemployed for September 2018. There has been more Available Job Postings than the unemployed in the Austin MSA each month since 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 September 14, 2018, to October 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Software Developers-Applications, Management AnalystsMarketing Managers, Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists, Sales Representatives-Services-All Other, Computer Systems Engineers/Architects and Computer and Information Systems Managers saw a 100 or more increase 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 September 14, 2018, to October 13, 2018.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 includes 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.

Occupations that post a Hiring Difficulty of over 80 are technology-related jobs and/or require management experience such as Information Technology Project ManagersComputer Systems Engineers/Architects, Web Developers, Marketing Managers and Software Quality Assurance and Engineers


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS

The chart below lists the top 20 unique Available Job Postings for Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Computer and Mathematical Occupations saw about 900 year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings. Software Developers, Applications saw the greatest share of the year-to-year increase in Available Job Postings.

Occupations that had a 80 or more increase in year-to-year postings were Software Developers-Applications, Computer Systems Engineers/ArchitectsSoftware Developers-Systems Software and Web DevelopersCompanies that have posted 30 or more jobs under this occupational category in our region are DELLIBM, VisaArmyApple, Inc., Fiserv, Internal Revenue Service and Home Depot. 


TOP 20 TECH JOB POSTINGS AND HIRING DIFFICULTY

The chart below lists the top 20 unique Available Job Postings and its hiring difficulty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.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 includes 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.

Compared nationwide, the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA now has a lower hiring difficulty for Computer and Mathematical Occupations. The Washington-Arlington-Alexandria MSA, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, New York-Newark-Jersey City MSA, Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 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 for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.Source: The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® (HWOL) and Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2017

Pharmacy Technicians, Psychiatric Technicians, Respiratory Therapists and Psychiatrists saw a year-to-year increase of 30 or more Available Job Postings.

Ascension Health, CHSAdventist Healthcare and Unitedhealth Group saw an increase of 30 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 for Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.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.

Of the Top 20 Available Job Postings in Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Occupations, 12 would require a bachelor's degree or more. The harder-to-hire occupations are Surgical TechnologistsPsychiatrists, Occupational Therapists, Registered Nurses and Critical Care Nurses.


TOP HARD SKILLS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top hard skills in demand for the Available Job Postings in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.

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)
Microsoft Office 6,655 +3,149 Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint 3,599 +3,043 Microsoft Office
Quality Assurance (QA)  3,182 +404  
Software Development 3,179 +939 Java 
Java 2,877 +351 Python, Software Development, Linux
Python 2,872 +808 Java, Linux, Software Development
Linux 2,380 +382 Python, Java, Software Development
Structured Query Language (SQL) 2,366 +393 Java, Python
Bilingual 2,282 -44  
Software as a Service (SaaS) 1,912  +627  
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 1,868 +84

Salesforce CRM SFDC

JavaScript (JS) 1,861 +189 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Java, Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Python, Software Development, 
Quality Control 1,758 -35  
Salesforce CRM SFDC 1,741 +224 Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
Amazon Web Services (AWS) 1,664 +544 Python, Microsoft Windows Azure, Java, Linux, Software Development, DevOps
Bilingual Spanish 1,610 +372 Bilingual
Technical Support 1,605 -8  
Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) 1,532 +475 Software Development, Java
Agile Software Development  1,528 +310 Software Development, Java
Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) 1,481 +170 Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript (JS) 

Source: Wanted Technologies

Skills in Demand provides a real-time view of skills in demand by employers. For example, of the Available Job Postings from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018, 3,149 job postings required “Microsoft PowerPointas a skill and 30% or more of those 3,149 job postings also had other required/optional skill(s) such as “Microsoft PowerPoint".

Hard skills that have seen an increase of 400 or more increase in year-to-year postings are Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Recruitment AdvertisingSoftware Development, Python, Software as a Service (SaaS), Freight+, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloud Computing, DevOps, Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC), Machine Learning Techniques, Quality Assurance (QA) and Virtualization.


TOP CERTIFICATIONS IN DEMAND

The table below lists the top certifications in demand for the Available Job Postings in the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos MSA from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.

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 7,321 +92  
Basic Life Support (BLS) 3,857 +284 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)
Certified Registered Nurse (RNC) 3,453 -1,277 Basic Life Support (BLS)
Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) 1,783 -187 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC), Basic Life Support (BLS)
Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)  1,364 +161  
Continuing Education (CE)  1,283 -76  
Food Safety Programs (HACCP) 1,017 +73  
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)  1,011 -176 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC), Basic Life Support (BLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
First Aid Certification 920 +186  
Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 918 +70

Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A)

Accounting 847 +108 Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Security Clearance 800 -61

Public Trust Security Clearance

Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A) 670 +126 Commercial Driver's License (CDL), HAZMAT
HAZMAT  599 -37 Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A), Commercial Driver's License (CDL) 
Project Management Professional (PMP) 580 +55  
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 534 +101 Accounting
Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) 524 +12 Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Basic Life Support (BLS), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Patient Care Technician (PCT) 509 +133 Basic Life Support (BLS), Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certification in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR),  Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 491 -6  
Basic Cardiac Life Support 451 -13 Certified Registered Nurse (RNC), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) 
Source: Wanted Technologies

Certifications in Demand provides a real-time view of certifications in demand by employers. For example, of the Available Job Postings from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018, 3,453 job postings required Certified Registered Nurse (RNC)as a certification and 30% or more of those 3,453 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), First Aid Certification, Occupational Safety & Health Administration Certification (OSHA)Patient Care Technician (PCT), Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL A), AccountingCertified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA). 


TOP EMPLOYERS

The table below lists the employers in the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos MSA that posted available unique ads from September 14, 2018 to October 13, 2018.

Employer Ad Volume
Ascension Health 1,519
DELL 1,174
IBM 790
HCA-The Healthcare Company 722
The University of Texas System 562
Apple Inc. 497
Deloitte 436
Army 413
Goodwill Industries 370
Baylor Scott & White Health 364
Apex Systems, Inc. 360
Randstad 325
Robert Half International 287
Compass Group 269
Target Corporation 262
Hyatt 211
General Electric 188
AutoZone, Inc. 181
Kelly Corporation 175
Whole Foods 174

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

Ascension Health, Army, DELL, IBM, AutoZone, Inc., Apex Systems, Inc., Randstad and Home Depot are the companies that have seen an increase of more than 100 Available Job Postings year-to-year. For New Job Postings in October 2018, Ascension Health and Army 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) Top

 

Kwee Lan Teo

VP, Talent Development & Acquisition