Tech Recruiter Report: October 2016

New month. New season. New Built In. No, seriously, there’s a new Built In. Built In Boston launched in September, and we couldn’t be more proud to call Bean Town home to our latest online community for all things tech. Like our other sites, Built In Boston will be a hub for the latest news, analysis and job opportunities in the startup and technology arenas, and we’re excited to contribute to the city’s thriving tech scene.

But you aren’t here to listen to us gush about our newest baby, so let’s get to the latest news of note for America’s tech recruiters.  


Economic Overview

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 156,000 in September, falling short of many predictions but still within the broad range of expectations. Computer systems design and related services contributed more than 5,000 positions month-over-month. With the revisions announced to previously-reported July and August totals, job gains have averaged 192,000 per month since July.

The average workweek increased to 34.4 hours in September, and wages followed suit. Average hourly earnings for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls rose by 6 cents to $25.79. Average hourly earnings have risen by 2.6 percent year to date.


Javascript Still Reigns Supreme

Once again, Javascript is the most in-demand programming language across our job boards, as measured by total job postings. This marks the fourth consecutive month the language has taken top billing. Java, Python, Ruby and Linux round out the top five.

We hate to say we told you so (actually, we love it), but this is one case when our prediction came true in a big way. In last month’s Tech Recruiter Report, we identified Scala as a programming language to watch, and it appears we were correct. Month-over-month, listings for Scala grew more than 150 percent, outpacing all other languages on our boards. It’s important to note we’re still talking about a relatively low volume of job listings, and we certainly don’t expect this rate of growth to sustain itself as the language matures, but we couldn’t pass up an opportunity to brag.


Detroit vs. Silicon Valley: Let’s Get Ready to Rumble

The automotive assembly lines in and around Detroit may have represented the height of technology in the mid-20th century, but it’s been years since anyone has called the Motor City a dream-destination for highly-skilled workers.   

As America’s transportation infrastructure shifts toward emerging trends like ride-sharing, autonomous driving and electric propulsion, however, auto manufacturers are entering the fray for tech talent like never before. Automakers like Ford and GM have been on an acquisition and investment spree of late, scooping up Silicon Valley-based startups in everything from the virtual mapping to autonomous systems spaces.  

But Michigan is also employing a homegrown philosophy with Planet M, a marketing campaign designed to showcase the state’s educational and industrial base as a selling point for new auto-tech startups.

It’s still early days for Planet M, but if the immediate returns are any indication, the effort is paying off. Uber recently announced plans to open a new research center in Detroit to further cooperation with suppliers and technology partners in the area. Google, the leader of America’s self-driving car industry, is also headed east to set up shop in Michigan. The company’s stated intent to “access Michigan’s top talent in vehicle development and engineering” is indicative of the success Detroit has had in luring talent that would once have called Silicon Valley home. Perhaps most symbolic of the program’s success, however, is Amazon’s recent expansion in downtown Detroit. The opening of its newest technology hub signals the availability of in-demand talent and the city’s attractiveness to the non-automotive tech industry.

Most of our readers aren’t in the auto-tech space, but the recent happenings in Michigan warrant attention nonetheless. They mark the entrance of yet another region — not to mention multi-billion dollar industry — to America’s ongoing battle for tech talent. The competition won’t be cooling off anytime soon.


Programming Language to Watch

For our latest programming language to watch, we’re delving into Golang, the brainchild of a small team at Google. Golang was developed to address what this team perceived to be the “extraneous garbage” associated with languages like C++. Per its creators, Golang is “an attempt to combine the ease of programming of an interpreted, dynamically typed language with the efficiency and safety of a statically typed, compiled language.” Golang was designed to provide a new option to programmers who were previously forced to choose between efficient compilation, efficient execution or ease of programming.

Golang was introduced as an open source project in late 2009, and its first update was released in 2012. While still relatively young, Golang has already been embraced by companies like Google, SoundCloud, Facebook and the BBC. Given the recent activity we’ve seen on our job boards, this is one language tech recruiters should be paying close attention.   

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