Door64 Announces Results of First Austin Hiring Priority Survey; Software Needs Most Urgent At 56%; Java Skills Most In Demand

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Austin Organization of Over 20,000 Tech Professionals Will Take Quarterly Pulse of Business Hiring Needs in Technology

Austin’s only organization representing the voice of 20,000 technology professionals, Door64, today announced results of the area’s first ever Hiring Priority Survey. For Q1 2012, of 15 specific technology skills needed, software represented more than half, surpassing all others - hardware, semiconductor and Information Technology (IT) skills - combined. Within software, the top four specific skills in demand, in order, were Java, User Interface / User Experience (UI/UX), Software Quality Assurance, and .NET. These four skills together accounted for 40% of all hiring priorities among responding technology companies.

Door64 celebrates its five year anniversary this year, amassing a network of over 20,000 Austin area technology professionals. The organization regularly puts on high quality networking and job seeking events, and serves as a great barometer for both candidates and companies in technology employment. As such, the organization decided to take a leadership role in gathering tangible, specific, actionable data regarding hiring priorities for companies in Central Texas.

“We all know, it is often one or two key holes in a company that can impede growth,” said Door64 founder, Matt Genovese. “We are stepping up and surveying the hiring managers of a set of sizable Austin area technology companies every quarter starting now with today’s survey results, to get deliberately granular about what these hiring shortages are.”

The Door64 Hiring Priority Survey results for Q1 2012 drew over 100 separate responses. When distilled down just to represent technology companies in full business operations, versus brand new start ups still in business formation phases, or recruiting firms or independent consultants who may be representing the interests of several companies, over 50 respondent results were aggregated. Those 54 managers were polled on their top 3 hiring priorities from 15 different specific technology skills. 56% of the needs were in the software category, with IT needs coming in a distant second at 20%. IT included skills like systems administration, network engineering, project management, security. Third was the hardware or semiconductor category, at 14%, meaning chip design, verification, embedded software. Fourth and final was an “other” category.

In the 56% software results, nine different specific software skills were offered as options. Interestingly, of 54 companies responding, only one or two indicated current need for SharePoint, or Ruby on Rails, despite so much buzz about Ruby. This could be because Ruby is often used in the earliest stage build of technology companies, and start ups were not included in the survey.    

There were also nominal indicators of needs for Database Architects (DBA), PHP or mobile skills. Again, with mobile such a hot topic, in this case, the specific skills needed for mobile in Austin may have fallen into other categories, and mobile, in this survey, may have just meant iOS or Android competency.

The biggest software category by far was Java, at 16% of all respondents, 30% of the software needs. Java is still king in Austin, used for developing in a variety of business needs, from enterprise Java to mobile technologies built in Java.

Door64 is applying these Hiring Priority Survey findings to the Austin Pain-point Job Fair, happening in Austin June 29 at the AT&T Conference Center at University of Texas. Door64 is currently gathering candidates with skills lining up to the four biggest local hiring needs: Java, UI/UX, Quality Assurance, and .NET. Candidates and companies interesting in participating can find out more at

Door64 will also take this first quarter of findings, finesse a bit and formalize, polling 100 representative area technology companies each quarter on what hiring shortages are impeding their growth. Door64 will build an Austin Index of those companies, and encourages companies interesting in participating to email info (at) door64 (dot) com.

Today’s news adds the Door64 Hiring Priority Survey to its other hallmarks of including the monthly Door64 Happy Hour events, sponsored by big names like AT&T, Charles Schwab, eBay, Oracle, PayPal, Samsung and SAP. These events are held over two consecutive nights to serve the North, Downtown, and South Austin communities. Companies also look forward to the annual Door64 Tech Expo as a kind of Austin “Science Fair,” where technology companies showcase products. The fourth Door64 Tech Expo will be held Fall 2012.

About Door64
Door64 is an organization of over 20,000 technology professionals producing high-value events that help companies and Austin-area technologists connect. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Door64 membership consists of software, IT, web design, mobile, hardware, and semiconductor professionals from Austin’s vibrant technology community. Door64 engages with companies and conferences to produce unique events that promote brand, amplify sales and marketing efforts, and find technology talent in Austin. For more information, visit, or on Facebook at: Follow them on twitter at: @door64

Says Genovese: “Where does the name Door64 come from? I’m proud to admit it’s an homage to the Commodore 64 computer that began my tech-geek path, and seems to resonate with the other geeks who are grown up now and working alongside me in high tech.”

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