RALEIGH – North Carolina’s information technology job sector appears to have stabilized after months of steep declines at just north of 16,000 postings. While just over half the number of postings in 2022, the June 23 total climbed from a record low in May, according to the NC Tech Association’s monthly IT Job Trends report.

Last week, WRAL TechWire’s Jobs Report noted that 49 of the top Triangle 50 firms it tracks continue to hire. And as TechWire reported Monday SAS has more than 150 openings spread across its operations despite reports of layoffs – which SAS disputed.

The news comes just days after CNBC recognized North Carolina as the best place for business – a repeat of an honor earned in 2022.

“If you use a magnifying glass, the June figures are up slightly over May, but they’re still down compared to the record-breaking months of 2022. Sharing these statistics as North Carolina has a 2nd annual win for CNBC’s America’s Top State for Business, it’s hard to not be optimistic,” said Andrea Fleming, Director, Talent + Workforce Development for NC TECH, in a statement. “The state ranked first overall, but also first in the critical Workforce category of the study. North Carolina remains at the top for attracting and retaining talent.”

Hiring also continues among companies that are not tech focused. According to the report, the top hirers for IT talent in June were:

  • Wells Fargo
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Thoughtwave Software and Solutions
  • Humana Inc.
  • HCL Technologies
  • TIAA
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • RedSalsa
  • ARK Solutions Inc.
  • Deloitte

Openings were down substantially over June of 22 in all but two of the state’s metro areas – Rocky Mount and Greenville.

The list by NC MSAs:

Locations, JUN ‘23, JUN ‘22

  • Charlotte / Concord / Gastonia, 6,186, -52%
  • Raleigh, 4,850, -47%
  • Durham / Chapel Hill, 1,654, -44%
  • Fayetteville, 714, -5%
  • Greensboro / High Point, 551, -56%
  • Winston-Salem, 375, -31%
  • Wilmington, 239, -29%
  • Burlington, 148, -25%
  • Asheville, 129, -23%
  • Greenville, 109, +11%
  • Jacksonville, 75, -30%
  • Rocky Mount, 71, +154%
  • Hickory / Lenoir / Morganton, 59, -34%

The demand for talent by number of job openings:

  • Senior Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Developer
  • Java Developer
  • Project Manager
  • Specialist
  • Network Engineer
  • Data Engineer
  • Devops Engineer
  • Lead Software Engineer

Top needed credentials:

  • Security Clearance
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Project Management Professional
  • Secret Security Clearance
  • Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • Certified Scrum Manager
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • Certified Information Security Manager

For more information,  IT Job Trends reports are available here, with more talent-related information and resources here.