As evidenced by the competition over winning the Amazon HQ2, cities are putting a lot of attention on growing their tech industries in an effort to bolster their economies. As a result, city leaders are creating their communities with the intention of attracting highly skilled tech workers. In a recent report from LinkedIn, Austin is leading the country in attracting top tech talent.
According to a LinkedIn report on careers, skills and migration, Austin came in at number one on a list of U.S. cities attracting the most workers. In fact, Austin hiring was up 12.7 percent year-over-year. Seasonally-adjusted hiring (which removes predictable seasonal hiring variations) was 0.6% higher in August than July. However, an increase in hiring has been met with a widening skills gap.
In Austin, employers are increasingly looking for workers with specific skills. However, there seems to be a lack of workers with the exact skills that employers need. This has lead to a skills gap in Austin that leaves certain job openings vacant as a result of the lack of workers with the necessary job skills to fill the role.
Below are the skills that employers are in need of in the Austin area and that are not in sufficient supply among the workforce:
Data Storage Technologies
Conversely, a skills gap can also be a surplus of a particular skill among the workforce that employers are not in need of but many workers possess. When the worker supply of a particular skill exceeds employer demand, then there is a skills surplus in the city. To determine the skills surplus in Austin, LinkedIn relied on a headcount of workers with a particular skill.
According to LinkedIn, the skills that are currently in surplus in the Austin area are as follows:
It may come as a surprise to many that Austin has gained the most workers from Houston, a city within the same state. Following Houston on the list of cities that have contributed the most workers to Austin’s in-migration is San Francisco. New York is third on the list of locations where the most workers have relocated to Austin. According to LinkedIn, for every 10,000 LinkedIn members in Austin, 11.04 workers moved to the city in the last year from Houston, TX.
Austin is an exciting city with a lot to offer in terms of career opportunities and lifestyle options. It’s been an economic powerhouse over the last several years and that trend doesn’t look like it will end in the very near future. For those looking to make a move, Austin is an ideal city to relocate.
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