The volatility in the labor market of the Triangle is back, but this time in an upwards direction on many of the national job boards analyzed weekly for the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report. Still, the job openings data isn’t moving uniformly in one direction.
Triangle job postings increased on 14 of the 20 national job boards tracked by WRAL TechWire for the report since last week, with gains averaging between 0.41% and 36.78%, but decreased on six of the job boards tracked, with decreases as high as 15.26% week-over-week.
Meanwhile, compared to last month, only half of the 20 national job boards tracked show an increase in the number of job openings, while 9 have decreased, and one shows no change since a month ago.
Yet there is one sector of the Triangle’s economy that is playing a role in continued job opening and employment growth: the region’s life science sector.
What’s happening with job openings
A report released on Monday that tracks the sector’s performance nationally during the second quarter found that life science employers posted 622,087 job advertisements in the three month period.
That’s up by about 27% from the prior year, and up from the first quarter as well, when there were nearly 541,000 job postings in the sector nationally, the report from GeneCoda found.
And there’s reason to believe the Triangle is actually outperforming the nation, said Don Alexander, CPC, the author of the report and the president and managing director of Raleigh-based GeneCoda.
“My hunch is that the North Carolina market will fare better than many because of the diversity of firms located here and that this area is a strong magnet for setting up shop or even hiring remote employees,” Alexander told WRAL TechWire on Monday.
Others remain bullish on the region’s labor market, even as there have been an increasing number of layoffs throughout this summer.
“The Triangle, I am not seeing any slowdown whatsoever, even with a possible pending recession,” said Christiaan Heijmen, managing partner of Focus Search Partners, a Vaco company, in an interview with WRAL TechWire last week. “Every month, I get more inquiries than the month before—every month.”
Note: WRAL TechWire’s weekly Jobs Report compiles the latest information from the region’s top job boards, offering a breakdown of how many jobs are posted, which companies are hiring, and what positions are most in-demand. Here’s more from WRAL TechWire on the latest changes in the labor markets in our local economy. Below, we’ve gathered the latest upcoming job fairs, student-centric resources, and a list of Twitter accounts that track local job openings. Here’s what’s new since the last WRAL TechWire Jobs Report.
Job openings in the Triangle from national job boards
Every week, we track the total number of Triangle-area positions posted on major job websites. Here is the latest data, as of 12 PM on Monday, August 8. We use the shorthand abbreviation “MoM” for month-over-month and “YTD” for year-to-date in our report. This week’s report includes tracking the month-over-month gains as a percentage increase or decrease in the total number of postings measured by WRAL TechWire.
- Raleigh: 39,283(⇓-2,101 or 5.08% MoM; ⇑+6,061 YTD)
- Durham: 17,695 (⇑+2,043 or 13.05% MoM; ⇑+2,837 YTD)
- Chapel Hill: 975 (⇑+29 or 3.07% MoM; ⇓-2,669 YTD)
- Johnston County: 401 (no change MoM; ⇑+22 YTD)*
Editor’s Notes: The month-over-month totals are compared to our July 12 report, and the year-to-date totals compare to our Jan. 3 report. **We’ve also updated the methodology for which we track job openings on LinkedIn based anywhere in Johnston County, as of July 2022, so won’t use YTD data. *And, the year-to-date data for Johnston County tracks from Jan. 31, 2022, when we began to track job postings in the county for the WRAL TechWire Jobs Report.
Startup Jobs Report
Aside from the boards above, job seekers can also find local startup positions at these sites:
- SimplyHired (189 startup jobs near Research Triangle Park, ⇓-31 or -14.09% MoM; ⇓-46 YTD)
- LinkedIn (8,103 job openings that include “startup” in the Triangle region, ⇓-680 or -7.74% MoM; ⇑+36 YTD),
- Indeed (251 startup jobs in/near RTP, ⇓-37 or 12.85% MoM; ⇓-72 YTD)
- AngelList (59 job openings in Raleigh, 17 in Durham and 116 total across North Carolina)
- Durham-based job site InHerSight also lists jobs at local startups among other job postings (148 this week this week within 25 miles of Raleigh, up from 91 last week)
Here’s a look at local and regional job sites, listed in alphabetical order, below.
AMA Triangle, the fifth-largest chapter in American Marketing Association’s nationwide network, aims to be a go-to resource for all things marketing in the Triangle. The organization provides professional training, free career webinars and a job board offering free resume placement for marketing professionals.
As of Monday, the AMA Triangle job board shows 113 roles within 25 miles of Raleigh and another 76 roles, some of which could be overlapping, within 25 miles of Durham.
Durham-based startup hub American Underground (Editor’s Note: American Underground is owned by Capitol Broadcasting Company, the parent company of WRAL TechWire) regularly posts job openings on its job board. Job seekers can filter their search by company, location and job function. As of Monday, the site shows 147 jobs at 55 companies.
Last year, WRAL TechWire and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center launched a Bio Jobs Hub platform focused on biopharma manufacturing — one of North Carolina’s largest industries, employing over 26,000 people.
Typical biopharma jobs include process technicians, maintenance and/or instrumentation technicians, quality assurance and quality control associates, process development scientists and process engineers. This industry also offers competitive entry-level salaries, from $42,000 to $60,000. Scientists, skilled laborers and recent graduates can use the Bio Jobs Hub resource to find career and training opportunities in their area. Users can search by location, job category/activity and region.
Many biopharma companies are hiring in the Triangle, including large employers like Biogen in Research Triangle Park, bioMérieux in Durham, GSK in Zebulon, Merck & Co. in Durham, Novo Nordisk in Durham and Clayton, and Pfizer in Sanford.
Leadership Triangle’s job board is packed with local jobs. The site lists 1,581 job openings overall at 30 companies as of Monday afternoon.
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s extensive jobs board lists open jobs and internships from local life science companies and research organizations. The organization recently updated the user interface with a fresh design. Job seekers can filter their search results by position title, job function and location. NCBiotech also touts jobs through its Bio Jobs Hub program.
The site lists 183 openings as of Monday afternoon, down from 229 listings last Monday. Note: This list does not include openings posted by recruiting/staffing firms.
The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) has an interactive job board that you can use to find your next career opportunity. Users can search by keyword, location, category, type (full-time or part-time) and experience level.
Raleigh Founded, a startup incubator and coworking space that is celebrating its 10th anniversary soon, has its own job board. Job seekers can filter results by company, company size, industry and job function. The site currently lists 58 positions as of Monday afternoon, the same as in last week’s report.
Leadership Triangle, Raleigh Founded and American Underground teamed up to create the Triangle Region Job Board, which synthesizes all of the openings posted on the organizations’ job boards.
As of Monday afternoon, the site shows 3,178 openings, down from 3,226 openings last week. That remains 16 postings higher than a month ago, however.
Work in the Triangle, a Wake County Economic Development program, regularly shares new openings through its Twitter feed, @WorkTriangleNC. The program launched a job board on its website earlier this year, with 8,825 active openings as of Monday afternoon.
That’s down from last week when there were 9,021 openings posted, and down from 9,710 openings the prior week.
This job board is showing 1,284 fewer postings now than a month ago, down 12.7%.
Still, of the current job openings, 7,095 are technology jobs, 1,006 are advanced manufacturing positions, 303 are in cleantech and 421 are in life sciences roles.
Every Tuesday, Work in the Triangle’s #TriangleTuesdays hashtag lists hot jobs in the area. Scroll through the #TriangleTuesdays hashtag on Twitter today for more details on the latest openings.
Job Openings in the Triangle at Top Tech Firms
Job openings abound at the Triangle’s leading technology employers. Here’s how many are available as of Sunday afternoon:
- Amazon: 113 job openings in the Triangle, though some roles could be done remotely
- Bandwidth: 81 job openings in Raleigh, according to the company’s career page, which is up substantially from the prior week when there were 39 roles open
- Fidelity Investments: 565 job openings in Durham, according to the company’s career page, down substantially from the prior week when there were 686 roles open
- IBM: 1 job openings in RTP, according to the company’s career page, which is down from 24 openings three weeks ago. IBM reported quarterly earnings in July and did say it would continue to hire last week.
- Kyndryl: 113 job openings in RTP, according to the company’s career page
- Lenovo: 333 job openings in Morrisville, according to the company’s career page
- MetLife: 146 job openings in Cary, according to the company’s career page
- Microsoft: 49 job openings in Raleigh, according to the company’s career page
- Pendo: 6 job openings in Raleigh, according to the company’s career page
- Red Hat: 27 job openings in Raleigh, according to the company’s career page, up from 9 openings last week. Red Hat is owned by IBM.
- RTI International: 143 job openings in Durham, according to the company’s career page
- SAS: 138 job openings in Cary, according to the company’s career page, down from 155 open roles last week
Upcoming Job Fairs/Career Events
Here’s our latest roundup of upcoming job fairs and other resources to help people looking for employment.
- NC State Engineering Career Fair: Sept. 20–21 (in-person and virtual) In this hybrid career fair, NC State engineering students can meet with employers seeking talent across a range of industries. This is a two-day event: The first day will be held in person, while the second will take place virtually via Career Fair Plus. More details here.
- NC TECH Virtual Jobs Fair: Oct. 5 (online). The NC TECH Job Expo is primarily focused on candidates seeking tech-related jobs/careers and internships. Whether actively seeking a job or interested in learning more about the participating employers.
Original Article Source: WRAL TechWire