Which technology companies are doing the most hiring as we head into summer? As you might expect, some of the nation’s largest tech companies are trying to fill thousands of positions.
For a complete hiring breakdown, we turn to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country. Although its database is comprehensive, it’s worth mentioning that some tech companies aren’t relying on job postings to fill some highly specialized positions, such as artificial intelligence (A.I.) researchers; as a result, this likely isn’t the complete picture on tech hiring at the biggest tech giants.
Amazon’s number-one position should come as no surprise, given how the e-commerce giant is currently on an immense hiring spree. The elevated need for shipping during the pandemic helped fatten the company’s bottom line, and it’s using that money to hire specialized tech talent (among other things). Amazon has stated it remains committed to hiring 25,000 workers and investing $2.5 billion in its “HQ2” initiative in Arlington, VA, and it’s hiring in other parts of the country, as well.
VMware’s aggressive hiring is also interesting, given how the company laid off a portion of its workforce in late January. At the time, the company insisted that it rebalanced its workforce on a regular basis, and that it was recruiting in certain areas; its current hiring might reflect those plans.
Microsoft, Salesforce, Google, and Facebook all benefitted enormously from the demand for cloud services during the pandemic, and it seems that all those companies will use the increased revenues from that period to build out their current workforces. Apple also did notably well over the past year, although it faces an uncertain landscape as it pushes into cloud-based services amidst tough competition.
As we’ve pointed out before, Uber’s hiring suggests the company is indeed in turnaround after being forced to lay off thousands of workers during the pandemic. With the company’s ride-sharing operations suffering, it’s made big bets on food delivery as its future. That kind of strategic retooling requires technologists of all types, including data scientists and software engineers.
Smaller companies, of course, are also hiring technologists in proportion to their overall size (i.e., a company with a few hundred employees may need only 10 technologists to fill various roles). The unemployment rate for IT occupations overall hit 2.5 percent in April, compared to a bit under 6 percent nationally for all occupations, which shows that demand for technologists remains strong across all facets of the economy.