July 8, 2016
The tech industry seems to be in high demand these days – startups are constantly emerging, while even non-tech focused jobs are placing more emphasis on their employees having technical skills. But even with this rising demand, there’s an interesting trends of tech jobs on the decline.
So where are all of the tech jobs going?
What the Data Shows
Even with the demand on tech skills rising, the decline of tech jobs makes for an interesting work trend. According to a post by Cameron Moll, hiring for tech jobs has notably been down 40 percent over the last few years. He writes:
“On one hand, we’re cautious to assume that fewer jobs posted = fewer jobs available. We recognize companies have many avenues for advertising available jobs—social media, recruiters, employee word-of-mouth, company websites, etc. Companies may choose at any time to broadcast jobs through these channels instead of a job board. So, for all intents and purposes, it’s feasible the same number of jobs are available this year compared to previous years, just not on job boards.
On the other hand, our volume trends have been very consistent the past four years. However, these trends are suddenly meaningless in 2016. It’s anyone’s guess what our volume will be each month regardless of what the historical data says.”
What Does This Mean For Tech?
So what can we do to better support the need for tech jobs in this increasingly tech-reliant community? We could pay better attention to the signs. Holl writes that there are hints of an economic slowdown, and that could have a massive effect on how the economy continues to evolve and survive.
Regardless of whether a slowdown is on the horizon or not, tech jobs are important for the industry and the workforce as a whole to continue to evolve.
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