Urban Interns Reports Growth In Demand For Technology, Financial and SEO Skills

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Urban Interns site data in January and February of 2011 shows that the market for part time jobs and internships is moving towards skills that require specialized training, with month-over-month increases in demand for skills related to web development and design, financial analysis and bookkeeping, and search engine optimization.

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Urban Interns is a national marketplace that connects growing companies with people seeking part time jobs and internships.

This is the first time in our history that we have seen employers searching for exactly the same things that job seekers are searching for.

Urban Interns, a national marketplace that connects growing companies with people seeking part time jobs and internships, reports that from January to February 2011, employers increased their demand for interns and part-time employees with the following skills: web development, web design, financial analysis, bookkeeping, and search engine optimization (“SEO”). The company saw triple-digit increases in demand for each of those skills. Urban Interns also reports that in terms of top jobs sought, these are exactly the same categories of growth.

The top growth categories for job skills from January to February 2011 were as follows:

         Skill    Growth                 % in Jobs Posted
         Financial Analysis                 500%
         Web Design                          320%
         Web Development                300%
         Bookkeeping                         300%
         SEO                                     200%

Interestingly, these were also the top growth categories in terms of job seeker skill sets. The data is collected from jobs and job seeker profiles posted on Urban Interns(1).

“This is the first time in our history that we have seen employers searching for exactly the same things that job seekers are searching for,” said Urban Interns Co-Founder Cari Sommer. “This is highly encouraging on both sides. As a job seeker, you may have a better chance of landing a job or internship, and as an employer, you may have a better chance of finding the perfect fit for your business.”

“The fact that all of these in-demand skills are highly specialized and require specific training – technology for web development, creative arts for web design, keyword analysis for SEO – is interesting as well,” continued Urban Interns Co-Founder Lauren Porat. “This data strongly points to one of two things: 1) that employers are looking for people who can jump in and help out with minimal-to-no on-the-job training, or 2) employers who have those skill sets already in-house are looking to supplement their efforts by growing their team of part-time employees and interns.”

Urban Interns reports that hiring in sales, graphic design, consumer research, client relations, and social media continued to grow in February. This data indicates the trend of hiring part-time help and interns to support internal efforts to establish marketing and brand presence also continued throughout February.

(1) Source: new jobs and new profiles posted on http://www.urbaninterns.com during the months of January and February 2011. Employers select various skills they require in a position as part of a job post, and job seekers list their skill sets in their online profiles.

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Urban Interns is a national marketplace that connects growing companies with people seeking part time jobs and internships. Urban Interns was named one of America’s Most Promising Startups by BusinessWeek.com and has been featured in Tech Crunch, the Wall Street Journal, Crain’s NY, Fox Business News, and Reuters.

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