In the previous snapshot of our new Job Posting Analytics (JPA) capabilities, we showed how the Job Title Data function enables users to look more closely at the different types of occupations that are being hired. In this second teaser piece, we are continuing to look at Job Title Data, only this time rather than showcasing just the jobs, we’re going to show how we can identify the skills behind the jobs.
In the first piece, we used nursing as our example, but in this piece we’re going to look at programmers and software development professionals, mainly because there are such a wide variety of different skills and programming languages that are needed in this job. As we did in that first piece, let’s begin by looking at the structural labour market to see how the occupation is spread throughout the regions, including current numbers and projected demand:
Unsurprisingly, London and the South East have the highest job numbers, and also show the highest projected growth over the next few years. However, rather than looking at those areas, we’re going to delve into the JPA data for the South West — a region which is projected to add more than 700 programmers and software development professionals between 2016 and 2021.
We can begin by looking at the hotspots in the region to identify which cities are driving demand. As you can see, Bristol is by a long way the region’s hub for this occupation, making up over almost half of all job postings from January 2016 to January 2017:
As we did in the previous piece looking at nursing occupations, we can once again delve down beyond the 4-digit SOC occupation (programmers and software development professionals) to identify the actual job titles that are being posted. As you can see from the chart below, the highest demand is for software engineers, but there is also significant demand for developers using Java, .NET, PHP and C/C++ — all of which will be hugely insightful for anyone needing to understand employer demand for particular programming languages in the region:
But it is when we delve even further to look not just at the job titles, but also the hard skills that are sought after, that JPA really comes into its own. The chart below shows the Top 10 hard skills for programmers and software development professionals in the South West:
This is the sort of detail that can really be used by education providers and LEPs to gain an understanding of the skills that local employers really need. Just to give one example, it is interesting that Agile Software Development (ASD) is included as one of the top skills required. ASD is a method of working / project management that has become increasingly popular over the past few years in tech companies focusing on speedy iteration and team-based development. Yet very few colleges or universities currently train programmers to manage their projects in this way, and most software developers who use Agile methods are either self taught or attend expensive private courses. Could the high demand shown in the data be a cue to education providers in the South West?
In our final teaser before we launch JPA on 5th June, we will be looking once again at skills, but this time identifying the companies that are hiring for a specific skill, and what jobs they are to be found in.
If you would like to find out more about Emsi JPA, we are running a webinar on 14th June, which will include a demonstration and time for questions. For more details and to register, click here.