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Dice | Q1 Tech Job Report - 4/23/20

Updated May 11, 2020

Dice Launches Q1 Tech Job Report, Shows Early Impact of Coronavirus on Technology Hiring


NEW YORK, New York, April 23, 2020 Dice released its Q1 Tech Job Report, which illustrates early expert insights on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting the technology industry.

To bring more transparency to COVID-19's impact on technology, the content of the Q1 2020 Dice Tech Job Report focuses on Q1 2020 job posting volume to demonstrate the outbreak’s early effects on the tech industry by location, role and skill, at both the macro and micro levels.

COVID-19’s impact on tech hubs in an ever-changing employer landscape

So far, the impact of COVID-19 is significantly less severe in technology than in other industries. First quarter tech job postings saw significant increases when compared to Q1 of 2019, with both established and emerging tech hubs growing due to the tech industry being more insulated from the effects of COVID-19 than other industries such as retail, food, hospitality and tourism. In early April 2020, job posting data appears to be softening, but not to a magnitude that is out of the trailing twelve-month average range, making regional and skill-based trends important to understanding the emerging environment.

In the first quarter, the impact of the coronavirus on tech hiring was relatively small. Only four of the top tech hubs (Boston, MA: -6%; Columbus, OH: -5%; Atlanta, GA: -4%; New York, NY: -1%) saw a reduction in jobs posted in March 2020 compared to February 2020. The majority of tech hubs showed month-over-month increases from February – March 2020:

  • Arlington, VA: 20% increase
  • San Diego, CA: 23% increase
  • Raleigh, NC: 28% increase

Far-reaching effects of COVID-19 require businesses to pivot

For many tech leaders however, the degree to which COVID-19 has impacted company operations has been unexpectedly far-reaching. As one example, while some employers already had remote work policies in place, others had to drastically adjust for business to continue. Cities like Atlanta, Boston, Columbus and New York that host a mix of both tech startups and big tech firms are struggling to handle the increased load on their services as they adjust to a new paradigm.

Other employers are growing their workforces to manage demand. Amazon increased its tech job postings by 110% between February and March to hire for software developers and network engineers to mitigate the demands of consumers around the U.S. Similarly, Walmart increased its tech job postings in March by 64%, primarily to fill software developer and project manager roles.


Employers Growing Their Workforce Between Feb-Mar 2020


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Cisco Systems






Parsons Infrastructure






Advanced Micro Devices






Sapient Corporation






Vmware Incorporated




Necessary tech roles during crisis and beyond

Following the same trend as job postings, most tech occupations showed significant growth in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019 – for example:

  • Front End Developer: +68% YoY
  • Computer Programmer: +58% YoY
  • Java Developer: +52% YoY
  • .NET Developer: +46% YoY
  • Devops Engineer: +39% YoY

However, COVID-19 is affecting many of tech’s top occupations. Software developer (-8%) and network engineer (-3%) roles both saw a decline in postings from February to March 2020, likely due to employers deprioritizing new development projects and shifting focus to stability and adoption of work-from-home status. Occupations like Cybersecurity Engineer (+20%), System Engineer (+11%) and System Administrator (+7%) have all increased significantly in the last two months, as employers focus on scaling infrastructure, ensuring security for remote employees and maintaining core platforms.

“While job postings in certain locations have softened in recent weeks, businesses are still in desperate need of high-quality technologists who can keep businesses operating seamlessly as the need for remote work and social distancing increases. Tech professionals can assist businesses with strategy shifts to better meet immediate and ongoing needs such as infrastructure maintenance, cloud architecture expansion or digitization,” said Zeile.

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About the Report

The Dice Tech Job Report is a comprehensive look at the fastest growing tech hubs, occupations and skills through the analysis of job posting data provided by Burning Glass Technologies, alongside insights from Dice’s expertise and industry knowledge. This Q1 2020 report includes:

  • Comparisons between Q1 of 2019 and Q1 of 2020.  
  • Comparisons between February and March of 2020 to represent COVID-19's impact on the tech industry thus far. 
  • Weekly job posting volume from December 28, 2019 to April 11, 2020 to provide a more granular look at the weekly fluctuations in tech job postings.

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