RALEIGH – High-tech job openings across North Carolina climbed again in Mat, reaching nearly 37,000 as the state’s economy continues to rally from the pandemic.

So says the latest IT Job Trends report from the NC Technology Association.

The new numbers reflect the continuing growth in demand for talent across the state’s economy. For example, more than 40,000 jobs are listed as open across the Triangle, according to data compiled by WRAL TechWire in its exclusive Jobs Report that is published each Monday.

Jobs climbed to 36,947 in May, up fromt 35,853 in April. Year-over-year open jobs soared more than 60%. And hiring is especially strong in the RTP area.

Open jobs in the Triangle surged to more than 15,000. Raleigh positions surged year-over-year 60% to 10,831.

In Durham-Chapel Hill, openings climed nearly 30% to 4,024.

In the Charlotte metro, jobs posted climed almost 43% year-over-year to 11,713.

So what’s happening?

“As analysts and reports continue to signal a return to the country’s pre-pandemic economy, employers are looking to invest in resources and skills that can help make up for the last year of delayed progress and stunted innovation,” the report notes.

The May total is the third highest since January as the economy recovery took root. Only the 40,482 total in March and 38,777 in February were higher.

“This continues the trend of recovery from the early COVID economic impact, since April and May of last year saw a pause on hiring, whereas April and May of this year have reached near-peak job openings over the past 12 months,” said NC TECH’S CEO Brooks Raiford.

Compared to May of last year, the increase is startling – 23,058 to 36,947 – according to data from NC TECH and sponsors Clarkston Consulting and Momentum.

Fayetteville, meanwhile, is one of the hottest job markets with openings soaring nearly 70% to 1,690.

NC TECH graphic

The breakdown by metro compared to May 2020:
  • Charlotte/Concord/ Gastonia, 11,713, +42.9%
  • Raleigh, 10,831, +60.1%
  • Durham/Chapel Hill, 4,024, +29.7%
  • Fayetteville, 1,690, +69.5%
  • Greensboro/High Point, 1,314, +105.3%
  • Winston-Salem, 681, +39.5%
  • Jacksonville, 357, +210.4%
  • Wilmington, 334, +39.2%
  • Burlington, 291, +234.5%
  • Albemarle, 284, +1793.3%
  • TOTALS Including All Others: 36,947 +60.2%

Who is hiring

Not only are tech companies seeking to fill jobs. Other firms need IT skills.
Here are the top 10 hirers of tech talent, according to the report:
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Wells Fargo
  • DelloittePricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Cisco
  • Dell
  • Accenture
  • Electric Power Research Institute
  • KPMG

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