Tech Hiring Stabilizes in Third Quarter

Dice's Q3 Tech Job Report suggests overall stabilization in technology hiring and an increase of job postings for more senior roles during the third quarter of 2020.

"As employers begin to eye recovery and, in some cases, a further pivot to digitization, tech hiring will see the impact of their decisions on whether to hire technologists internally full-time, or look to external sources as a temporary solution to remain nimble. For example, consultancies were a significant driver of growth in technology hiring during the third quarter," said Michelle Marian, Chief Marketing Officer of DHI, parent company to Dice.

Highlights from the report:

  • Tech unemployment holds steady at 3.5%, far below the national unemployment rate.

  • Of the top 50 employers in Q3, 68% created more job postings than Q2.

  • The fastest-growing skills included Kanban (18%) and product development (12%), highlighting the Q3 trend of companies going back to longer-term work that might have been put on hold during all of the pivoting that came with COVID-19 lockdowns.

  • There is a theme of data, with data architecture (13%), data science (11%) and data visualization (11%) all making notable gains.

  • Data shows a rise in senior-level roles, including IT Director (39% growth), software development manager (19%) and cyber security manager (15%).

  • Texas and California cities saw the most growth from August to September, with San Antonio (21%), Houston (11%) and Austin (5%) leading growth in Texas, and San Jose (18%), Los Angeles (16%) and Sunnyvale (6%) leading in California.

Source: Dice