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Washington D.C. Tech Talent is Still Big

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights

While Silicon Valley still reigns as king in the technology hiring arena, other locations across the country are gaining traction or are holding steady with tech hiring. In a recently-released survey and report from real estate investment firm CBRE, Washington, D.C. ranked fourth in the country as a top market for technology jobs. These findings reaffirm another recent study which found that technology hiring is on the rise in the D.C. metro area. However, in that study, 68 percent of CIOs surveyed for that study said finding the right tech talent is becoming more difficult.

Behind the CBRE Report Rankings

Cities included in the survey were ranked on a variety of metrics, including the “supply” of available tech talent in each location, concentration of talent, and whether (and how) those numbers have changed over time. Latest figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics suggest that the D.C. metro area has plenty of available IT workers, with an unemployment rate in the “Information” space of 4.8 percent.   

Recognizing that technology jobs require specific skill sets and knowledge, the survey and report also evaluated the perceived quality of talent, including the number of tech degrees obtained by workers in the city. Our nation’s capital has many colleges, universities and tech schools with programs geared specifically toward IT certifications and skills. Available talent in the area tends to reflect this.

Last but not least, each city considered in the city was evaluated based on its cost of living, using metrics like the growth in the cost needed to rent an apartment. While the cost of living in the Washington, D.C. metro area is arguably high, the gap between median income and what’s needed to live comfortably is less than $10,000. This likely played into the city ranking higher than other cities where that gap is more pronounced like Miami, Boston, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Tech Roles that are Hot in the D.C. Metro Area

Nationwide, the technology hiring boom is expected to continue, with an expected growth in computer and information technology jobs of 12 percent from 2014 to 2024 – that’s an extra 488,500 new jobs in the industry.

Employers in the Washington, D.C. area are working to fill their share of that increase, in a variety of IT roles. Some of the most in-demand workers include IT professionals with cyber security expertise. It’s not surprising that cyber security experts are in demand; with an increasingly global economy and dependence on cloud-based services, companies need to take added measures to ensure their proprietary data, and their customers’ and employees’ data, is protected.

Other information technology positions that are popular with employers across the greater Washington, D.C. metro area include network administrators, software developers, wireless network managers, and tech workers who can bridge the gap between IT and the business units with key metrics and business intelligence tools.

ICS Can Help You Meet Your Tech Talent Needs

With one of our eight nationwide offices located in Washington, D.C., Infinity Consulting Solutions is right where the action is for technology staffing. Whatever your D.C. metro staffing needs are – short-term contract placement, permanent placement or temporary-to-permanent workers – ICS can meet them. We also offer employer-of-record payroll services designed to help mitigate employers’ risks of misclassifying workers.

While there are a lot of staffing agencies out there, we pride ourselves on being different. We personally meet and pre-screen candidates. Doing so helps us align prospective employees’ talents with the needs of employers. The result is a more efficient process and a better fit for everyone.

To learn more about how ICS can help you meet your technology hiring needs in Washington, D.C. or anywhere else around the country, contact us today.

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