Dice Q2 Tech Job Report: Emerging Tech Hubs Showing Growth; Employer Confidence Rising

NEW YORK, July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — DHI Group, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) announced today that Dice[1], its leading career hub for technology professionals, has released its Q2 Tech Job Report[2] to provide clarity surrounding COVID-19’s impact on tech employment. While the beginning of the quarter put employers in an environment of uncertainty, June’s rise in job postings for nearly all key tech occupations and hubs suggests that employer confidence is returning.

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At the start of Q2, unpredictability caused by the pandemic resulted in companies scaling back immediate hiring, causing declines in new job postings. However, when comparing June to May, there are large increases across the U.S., and in some cases, a return to levels that are consistent with pre-COVID numbers. The latest data suggests that companies are now starting to engage in long-term planning, which includes hiring crucial technologists to fill important tech roles.

Employers start to prioritize long-term planning: Need for technologists grows


During the nation’s initial wave of lockdowns, companies had to make rapid decisions about where to focus tech resources. Largely, employers prioritized infrastructure, systems and security over new product development. Now, months later, employers appear to be confident enough to engage in long-term planning and see a need for talented technologists who can help build new products and maintain current tech stacks.

Throughout Q2, job postings for Java developers climbed 14% year-over-year, computer programmers notched upward 7% and DevOps engineers rose 3%. Demand for data engineers and Salesforce CRM developers also rose (5% and 10% YoY). Between May and June, job postings for key tech occupations increased significantly; software developers increased by 25%, systems engineers increased 24%, and application developers increased by 31%.


As the Coronavirus reached the U.S., employers had specific requirements for talent. Sysadmins and other technologists who could quickly adjust their workforces to operating from home offices were crucial.

DevOps (11%), Git (3%) and information security (2%) were prioritized by employers. Many other skills dipped year-over-year in the second quarter, which is understandable, considering the marketplace pressures exerted by COVID-19. However, when comparing the demand for skills between May and June, companies are experiencing greater stability towards the end of Q2.

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