RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – SAS and Epic Games announced layoffs last quarter that affected Triangle employees — yet both companies continue to show job openings in the Triangle. Yes, the search for talent goes on in the Triangle as companies struggle to find people with the right skills, according to a new study that lists North Carolina as the 10th hardest state for companies to fill positions.
In a statement earlier this year, SAS said:
“Wherever possible, we offer internal career mobility options with realignments. SAS continues to hire for positions in our core focus areas. You can always see our current job postings at sas.com/careers.”
The two companies have a combined total of more than 100 job openings right now, according to the most recent edition of the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report.
A big national example of jobs going unfilled: More than 300,000 cybersecurity positions are available across the U.S., according to this report.
We’ve seen other companies follow this pattern of hiring during layoffs and “realignment” — earlier this year, IBM announced plans to cut 1.5% of its staff, roughly 3,900 workers, but CFO James Kavanaugh told Bloomberg that the company would still be hiring in “higher-growth areas.” By the end of the first quarter, Big Blue had hired over 7,000 workers, WRAL TechWire reported.
The WRAL TechWire “Top 50” is a barometer of what’s happening in the Triangle tech sector. This week, 49 of the 50 companies on the list showed openings. (Citrix is showing zero openings in this area for the fourth week in a row.)
Fidelity Investments showed the most job openings (243 openings), while First Citizens ranked No. 2 (203 openings).
Wolfspeed (119 openings) and IQVIA (108) both have over 100 openings. IQVIA also has the greatest net change, with nine new openings compared to this time last week.
Here’s a look at the Top 50:
In the wider Triangle market, the exclusive WRAL TechWire Jobs Report shows 225,272 active listings (not accounting for post duplications), a 4.8% dip from last week.
Check back next week for an update on the WRAL TechWire jobs report.