Dice COVID-19 Jobs Resource Center Launches Alongside Q1 Tech Job Report, Shows Early Impact of Coronavirus on Technology Hiring

  • Raleigh, NC: 28% increase
  • San Diego, CA: 23% increase
  • Arlington, VA: 20% increase

Far-reaching effects of COVID-19 require businesses to pivot
For many tech leaders however, the degree to which COVID-19 has impacted company operations has been unexpectedly far-reaching. As one example, while some employers already had remote work policies in place, others had to drastically adjust for business to continue. Cities like Atlanta, Boston, Columbus and New York that host a mix of both tech startups and big tech firms are struggling to handle the increased load on their services as they adjust to a new paradigm.

Other employers are growing their workforces to manage demand. Amazon increased its tech job postings by 110% between February and March to hire for software developers and network engineers to mitigate the demands of consumers around the U.S. Similarly, Walmart increased its tech job postings in March by 64%, primarily to fill software developer and project manager roles.


Employers Growing Their Workforce Between Feb-Mar 2020



Employer



% Change

Amazon

110%

Cisco Systems

71%

Walmart

64%

Parsons Infrastructure

61%

NBC

43%

Advanced Micro Devices

42%

Sony

38%

Sapient Corporation

29%

SAIC

28%

Vmware Incorporated

24%

Necessary tech roles during crisis and beyond
Following the same trend as job postings, most tech occupations showed significant growth in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019 – for example:

  • Front End Developer: +68% YoY
  • Computer Programmer: +58% YoY
  • Java Developer: +52% YoY
  • .NET Developer: +46% YoY
  • DevOps Engineer: +39% YoY

However, COVID-19 is affecting many of tech’s top occupations. Software developer (-8%) and network engineer (-3%) roles both saw a decline in postings from February to March 2020, likely due to employers deprioritizing new development projects and shifting focus to stability and adoption of work-from-home status. Occupations like cybersecurity engineer (+20%), systems engineer (+11%) and systems administrator (+7%) have all increased significantly in the last two months, as employers focus on scaling infrastructure, ensuring security for remote employees and maintaining core platforms.

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