Software Development Ranks As the Most In-Demand Skill for Tech Jobs

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During the past 90 days, there were more than 232,000 technology jobs advertised online in the United States that required software development skills, making it the most in-demand technology skill, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During the past 90 days, there were more than 232,000 technology jobs that required software development skills in the United States, according to WANTED Analytics™ (, the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Software development was the most in-demand skill for technology jobs in the US, out-pacing other common skills like Java, SQL, and JavaScript. The number of jobs that require this experience increased 3% in the past 90 days compared to the same 90-day period in 2012 and more than 120% from four years ago.

Software Developers aren’t the only occupation to require this skill set. All tech fields commonly require software development skills, including Web Developers, Computer Systems Analysts, IT Project Managers, and Software Quality Assurance Engineers.

Metropolitan areas with the most jobs that required software development in the past 90 days were Seattle, Washington (DC), New York, San Francisco, and San Jose. The Seattle metro area not only experienced the highest demand in the US, but also the largest growth of these five cities. In the past 90 days, there were more than 21,000 jobs for tech professionals with software development skills, a 15% year-over-year increase.

With the growing demand for software development jobs, employers are likely to experience difficulty when recruiting for open positions. The Hiring Scale, which scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit, scores these jobs at a 76 on average across the US. This means that most Recruiters are likely to experience heavy competition to attract candidates in their local talent pools. Some metropolitan areas that score higher than average on the Hiring Scale are Saginaw (MI), San Francisco (CA), and Baltimore (MD). In these areas, the local talent pools cannot support the demands from employers, making overall recruiting the most difficult.

In comparison, the Hiring Scale also shows the best places to find software development talent. Currently, Santa Rosa-Petaluma (CA), Columbus (GA), and College Station (TX) are the lowest scoring metro areas. In these locations, hiring demand is low, yet the pool of potential candidates is large. This will contribute to less competitive conditions for employers.

The Hiring Scale measures conditions in local job markets by comparing hiring demand and labor supply. The Hiring Scale is part of the WANTED Analytics platform that offers business intelligence for the talent marketplace.

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About WANTED Analytics™

WANTED Analytics™ helps recruiting organizations make better decisions faster with real-time business intelligence on jobs, employers, and talent. Analytics brings together, for the first time, years of hiring demand and talent supply data to create a true talent intelligence platform for hard-to-fill positions.

Clients in the staffing, HR, RPO, media, and government sectors use WANTED Analytics™ to find sales leads, analyze employment trends, gather competitive intelligence, forecast economic conditions, and source hard-to-fill positions.

About WANTED Technologies Corporation

WANTED Technologies (TSX-V:WAN) provides real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Founded in 1999, the company’s headquarters are in Quebec City, Canada, and it maintains a US-based subsidiary with primary offices in New York City. WANTED began collecting detailed Hiring Demand data in June 2005, and currently maintains a database of more than 900 million unique job listings. For more information or to sample WANTED’s services, visit

WANTED is also the exclusive data provider for The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine Data Series®, the monthly economic indicator of Hiring Demand in the United States.

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Any statement that appears prospective shall not be interpreted as such.

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