Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior IT Recruiter
While overall job openings were down in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some recruiters and economists are expecting a surge in tech hiring in 2021.
According to an article from CrunchbaseNews, https://news.crunchbase.com/news/tech-hiring-in-2021/ the availability of a COVID-19 vaccine and savings that companies accumulated due to lower costs for remote workers could lead to an increase in hiring demand in the tech industry.
“We’re very bullish on hiring in 2021, particularly in tech,” said Julia Pollak, a labor economist at ZipRecruiter. “There are lots of reasons to be very, very optimistic about what’s going to happen in tech. One is that obviously the vaccine news is the big reason—there’s sort of an end to the pandemic in sight now.”
Many employers have moved their operations to lower-cost areas or made remote work more permanent. This has led to cost savings which frees up budget to hire staff and grow the business.
Certain tech jobs are more in demand due to the challenges of a remote workforce. Network engineers, for example, ranked third for tech job postings in the third quarter of 2020, according to Dice’s most recent Tech Job Report.
“In order to build, maintain, and secure these broadly dispersed networks of employees, companies need to hire network engineers and systems engineers, which may explain their high rank in Q3,” the report read. “If the nature of work looks fundamentally different in coming years, it will likely be in part because these innovative technologists figured out how to build out the necessary infrastructure.”
Startups and tech companies are adapting their hiring practices with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to ZipRecruiter’s Pollak, employers are being more “adventurous” with remote hiring, and it could be permanent.
“I think that’s a major reason why a lot of this move (to remote work) will be permanent,” Pollak said. “Companies will see the benefit of expanding the talent pool is huge.”
Definitely good news for job hunters in the tech industry.
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