Top 30 Companies Hiring Technologists Include Defense, Tech

As the COVID-19 pandemic subsides and executives become more confident about the economy’s long-term prospects, companies have begun hiring again. According to the most recent Dice Tech Job Report, the first quarter of 2021 showed a 28 percent increase in job postings from the fourth quarter of 2020. But which companies are hiring the most technologists?

For an answer, we can turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. As you can see from the following chart, which is based on data from the past 60 days, companies doing the most hiring included defense conglomerates, consulting and business-services firms, and tech giants such as Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft:

If you’ve followed our regular breakdowns of technologist hiring, you’ll note that nothing’s shifted very much when it comes to industries hungry for tech talent. Even in the depths of the pandemic, managers and recruiters from consulting, defense, and technology companies kept hiring technologists by the thousands (with occasional spikes from education and financial firms).

There are a couple additional things to note in the current breakdown, though. First, after a 2020 defined by massive layoffs and restructuring, Uber seems to be in hiring mode again. Second, Facebook’s hiring seems to have jumped radically from when we ran this data in January, suggesting that the company is staffing up for big initiatives. General Dynamics also seems on a big hiring binge.

Of the top 50 hiring organizations thus far in 2021, 60 percent are hiring more than in the first quarter of 2020. Unemployment within the tech industry currently stands at 2.4 percent, far below the 6 percent rate for all occupations. This is all great news, but companies won’t hire just anyone; it’s clear, from looking at the data, that certain skills are in demand, including project management, SQL, and software development; programming languages such as Java, Python, and JavaScript are also mentioned in the context of many open positions. Make sure that your application puts your skills and experience in the best possible light, and you’ll boost your chances of landing that job interview. 

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