Local Tech Wire

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Information technology job demand continues to increase across North Carolina with the average daily availability of postings surging in July 18.5 percent from June, according to the monthly IT Job Trends report.

In fact, the average of 3,970 positions is 900 higher than in July 2008 before the global recession truly took hold, the North Carolina Technology Association and talent management firm SkillPROOF reported Monday.

A separate N.C. IT Workforce Market Analysis shows the IT job force through June has grown 4.5 percent this year to 100,819 full-time and 17,792 temporary workers. The data is produced by TEKsystems.

Just a year ago, only 1,130 positions were advertised.

The hottest job markets are Charlotte, the Triangle, and Fayetteville.

Companies in high-tech, IT services, defense and financial services are the most active in seeking workers, according to the report.

“Currently, North Carolina is one of the few states where an economic recovery, at least for IT professionals, could be on the way because of the strong increase [in] demand for additional staff,” NCTA and SkillPROOF said in the report.

The daily openings average in June was 3,350. In May, openings averaged 2,970.

Job demand has increased for six consecutive months.

Biggest demand for jobs last month was for systems engineering and support, with 1,100 openings.

The most highly sought skill set was for Oracle Data Base Management System at 770.

Top IT openings by category with July 2009 demand in parenthesis:

  • Systems engineering/support: 1,100 (33)
  • IT architects/consultants: 750 (200)
  • Software development: 650 (270)
  • IT management: 610 (60)
  • IT sales and marketing: 410 (100)
  • Systems administration: 240 (80)
  • Business/process design: 80 (40)
  • Hardware engineering: 40 (0)
  • Training/tech writing: 40 (40)
  • Misc. categories: 50 (20)

The top 15 needed skills:

  • Oracle DBMS: 770 (250)
  • Windows OS: 660 (230)
  • SQL: 590 (200)
  • Unix: 530 (110)
  • Java: 520 (160)
  • Business analysis: 510 (100)
  • Large system technologies: 440 (90)
  • Linux: 380 (110)
  • Microsoft SQL Server: 380 (110)
  • C++/V++: 300 (130)
  • SAP: 220 (40)
  • XML: 220 (100)
  • Information assurance: 220 (40)
  • Weblogic (BEA) 210 (20)
  • MCSE: 190 (30)