Employers were trying to fill more than 17,000 information technology jobs in North Carolina in December, and almost 14,000 of them were in either Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or Charlotte.
The N.C. Technology Association and Greene Resources, a worker recruiting company, compiled the data from IT consulting firm Gartner.
“In the Triangle, you have a lot of tech centers and banks,” said Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of the N.C. Technology Association. “They just have so many of these large centers of tech workers that they naturally have constant hiring.”
Overall, job listings increased 3.4 percent from December 2016. But in Charlotte, Durham and Chapel Hill, the demand for IT workers increased by about 19 percent in the year-over-year period.
The most needed hires? Software developers, which were up 16 percent from December 2016. Computer systems analysts and computer user support specialists were also in demand, as were information systems security analysts.
Bank of America, Oracle, Accenture and Computer Consultants International hired the most tech talent, which indicates the need for IT specialists in a range of businesses.
“Among the largest 10 hirers of tech talent are a mix of non-tech companies and tech companies,” Raiford said. “That’s reflective of the fact that large institutions have very large technology teams.”
The top skills employers wanted were proficiencies in Java, Structured Query Language and Linux.
While North Carolina saw growth in job listings, the United States as a whole was down 0.5 percent.
“The continued steady growth and need for openings in our state has been strong,” said Jason deFreitas, vice president of recruiting solutions for Greene Resources. “When you look at that in tech, that’s especially true.”
He encouraged those looking for IT jobs to network with employees at companies where they’re interested in working.
“Once they’ve figured out what it is they’re looking for, there’s a good chance they’ll find it,” deFreitas said.
However, Raiford cautioned that the data only show job positions that were advertised, not how many people were actually hired for them.
NCTA and Greene Resources plan to release this data each month, showing trends from the previous month. Raiford said he hopes the tech sector will find the information valuable.
“If I were a tech worker, I’d want to know who is hiring people like me,” he said. “If you’re a hirer, it’s interesting because you want to know who your competitors are.”
Top 10 hirers of IT workers in December
Bank of America
Computer Consultants International