Recruiting, Staffing & Employment News – November 2013
October saw big hiring in Big Data, with an uptick in open positions in Data Center-Cloud Computing, Data Processing and Management, Cloud Migration SaaS Integration, and Enterprise Systems & Network Management. Digital Media & Content, and Publishing and Marketing Platform are also hot at the moment. The crux of hiring last month was in Software and Data Engineers, Client Services Manager and Sales Account Manager roles. Open reqs are currently concentrating around Account Managers, Sales Directors, Sales Executives and Software Engineers, Java Engineers, Systems Engineers.
Employment in tech grew by 1.7% in the first half of the year, as compared to the overall private sector which grew by 3.6%. “The growth in the tech industry was concentrated in the services sector, specifically software services and engineering and tech services. Software services grew by 40,000 between January and June of 2013, while engineering and tech services grew by 51,400. Communications services added 8,400 jobs during this same time, but nearly all these new net jobs were in the internet services industry, which added 8,300,” according to Tech Foundation America.
Last week there was a cloud hanging over the US economy, and forecast that “We are going to need a couple of months because there is going to be so much noise in the data,” by chief economist of Bank of the West, Scott Anderson. “There are no signs of economic acceleration, but no signs of falling off the cliff, either.”
That cloud seemed to have settled with the BLS Jobs Report coming in over expectations, and a strong (although hard to believe) statement issued as part of that report that “There were no discernible impacts of the partial federal government shutdown on the estimates of employment, hours, and earnings from the establishment survey.”
The BLS employment report shows “moderately healthy job gains” with an increase of 204,000 in October, and net revisions for August and September up 60,000. October gains were led by professional and business services (up 21,000), leisure and hospitality (up 53,000), retail trade (up 44,000), and professional & business services (up 44,000). Construction gained 11,000, and mining grew by 4,000.