Hiring Demand in Seattle’s Silicon Forest Grows Tall

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During August 2013, more than 31,000 technology jobs were available online in the Seattle metro area, a 7% year-over-year increase in demand, according to WANTED Analytics™.

During August of 2013, more than 31,000 jobs were advertised online for technology jobs in Seattle, Washington, according to WANTED Analytics™ (http://www.wantedanalytics.com), the leading source of real-time business intelligence for the talent marketplace. Seattle has been nicknamed "Silicon Forest" due to its emerging technology market, and has begun to grow at a faster rate than the San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley) areas. In August, the number of tech related jobs grew 7% year-over-year compared to August 2012 and more than 160% from four years ago.

The most in-demand technology jobs in Seattle, WA include:
1. Software Developers (Applications)
2. IT Project Managers
3. Web Developers
4. Network and Computer Systems Administrators
5. Computer Systems Analysts
6. Software Quality Assurance Engineers and Testers
7. Computer User Support Specialists
8. Computer Systems Engineers/Architects
9. Computer Programmers
10. Software Developers (Systems Software)

Software Developers had the greatest demand in August, with 13,000 jobs advertised online. While this was a 17% growth, IT Project Managers experienced the greatest year-over-year increase. There were 23% more jobs for IT Project Managers in August 2013 than during August 2012. However, not all occupations grew in demand last month. Web Developers, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, Software QA Engineers and Testers, Computer User Support, and Programmers experienced declines from last year.

With increasing hiring demand for tech professionals in Seattle, employers are likely to experience difficulty when recruiting for open jobs. The Hiring Scale, which scores jobs from 1 to 99 based on their projected difficulty-to-recruit, scores these jobs at an 81 on average in Seattle. This is higher than the national average of 75. This means that recruiters are likely to experience more difficulty in Seattle than most of their counterparts in the rest of the country. However, there are some areas of Washington within a 200 mile radius of Seattle that are currently experiencing more favorable recruiting conditions. These include Kennewick, Yakima, and Bremerton. In these areas, there is less demand and Recruiters may be able to find talent that is willing to commute or relocate for a job faster than sourcing within the Seattle metro area.

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.

To see additional charts and detail, please visit http://www.wantedanalytics.com/insight.

A free trial of WANTED Analytics is available at http://www.wantedanalytics.com/tryit.

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 http://www.wantedanalytics.com.

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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