Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Technology & Design

COVID-19 has impacted nearly all industries across the United States economy. In the Tech & Design community (TD), many of the trends indicate a decline in hiring due to COVID-19; however, the trends in some sectors show continued hiring and others show increased demand. 


Big Tech Industry Continues to Hire

Big technology companies are still hiring. Facebook, Amazon, Google, and Apple are all hiring tech roles including engineers, data scientists, software designers, and cybersecurity experts. 

  • Facebook is hiring an additional 10,000 new workers this year, mostly in product design and software engineering. 
  • Google currently has over 3,000 open positions listed online. 
  • Amazon is looking to fill over 20,000 roles in technology.
  • Apple has listed new jobs in the past month including software engineers and product managers. 
  • Cisco Systems Inc. has pledged not to lay off any of its staff. 


Big Data & Network Security Jobs Are Still Growing

Before the pandemic, the data science industry was a growing sector of technology with a shortage of talent to fill these roles. The demand for data-oriented occupations and skill sets skyrocketed in 2019, with data engineers seeing a 50% increase in demand and data scientists seeing a 32% demand increase. While other sectors face layoffs, the Big Data & Data Analytics sectors are continuing to grow. 

  • Data Scientists growth expected.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Agency reports that cybersecurity engineers, cybersecurity risk management jobs, and information technology staff are “essential for continued infrastructure viability.”
  • The sudden shift to remote and distance work created a dire need for cybersecurity professionals to secure networks, technology, and personnel activity. On LinkedIn alone, organizations posted 261,545 cybersecurity jobs that need to be filled.


Startups Hit Hard by COVID-19

In light of the pandemic, many startups have laid off all types of workers including recruiters, IT staff, and managers. 

  • According to startup exec Roger Lee, a total of 280 startups have laid off 21,609 employees since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic.
  • Lyft laid off nearly 1,000 workers.
  • Airbnb stopped hiring. 
  • Bird, an electric scooter startup, laid off 30% of its staff.
  • Toast, based in Boston, laid off  50% of its entire staff, 10% of which were based in Chicago.


Rise of Telemedicine & Tech in Healthcare

The pandemic has caused hospitals and doctors to think differently about how they serve patients. Many have embraced virtual doctor’s appointments through telemedicine. This rapid shift in medicine means more hospitals and doctors are hiring IT staff and telemedicine companies have increased job opportunities.

  • There is a demand for big data jobs in healthcare to help track COVID-19. 
  • Development of COVID-19 contact-tracing tool will need IT staff.
  • Increase in mobile health apps due to telehealth will require more IT workers.


For those within the TD community, it is more important than ever to stay current on industry trends and to ultimately follow the demand: track who’s hiring and who’s not and cater your search to those experiencing growth.


Who’s Hiring: Recruiting Trends in Education, Nonprofit & Government

Law Enforcement & Civil Service

Top Posted Occupations in Illinois:

  • Compliance Officers
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives
  • Police and Sheriff’s Patrol Officers
  • Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 
  • Protective Service Workers, All Other 
  • Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers
  • First-Line Supervisors of Fire Fighting and Prevention Workers 
  • Correctional Officers and Jailers 
  • Fire Inspectors and Investigators
  • Firefighters

Top Companies Posting:

  • State of Illinois 
  • Army National Guard 
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency 
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police,Incorporated
  • City of Chicago
  • County of Cook

Current Job Openings:

Museums & Cultural Organizations

Museum & cultural organization jobs up 9.7% from last year (EMSI, 2020)

Top Posted Occupations in Illinois:

  • Managers
  • Librarians
  • Curators 
  • Archivists
  • Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers
  • Museum Technicians and Conservators 
  • Statistical Assistants 
  • Set and Exhibit Designers 
  • Historians

Current Job Openings:

Human Services, Outreach & Advocacy

Social work job postings up 53.4% from this time last year in Illinois (EMSI, 2020)

Top Companies Posting in Illinois:

  • State of Illinois 
  • Lutheran Social Services of Illinois 
  • Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. 
  • Children’s Home & Aid Society of Illinois
  • Dd Homes Network 
  • Reaching Across Illinois Library System
  • One Hope United 
  • Total Spectrum Inc Heartland Alliance 
  • Gateway Foundation, Inc. 
  • Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.

Top Posted Occupations:

  • Social and Human Service Assistants 
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors 
  • Child, Family, and School Social Workers 
  • Rehabilitation Counselors 
  • Social Workers, All Other

Current Job Openings:


Industry Trends

Education – Schools shut down completely

  • CPS and other schools have shifted to remote teaching and learning. Student teaching will continue in a remote capacity.
  • No changes have been made for fall 2020 recruiting.
  • Global unemployment rate in education – 3.2% (Based on UNESCO’s data on April 7, 2020)

Nonprofits – Loss of funding

  • The cancelation of fundraising galas and partner development conferences further strains the finances, capacity, and resources for the majority of nonprofits. The long-term impact to nonprofits’ bottom-line will affect the capacity of many nonprofits to serve their constituents in the months, and possibly years, to come. (Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire)
  • Foundations and donors are supporting frontline nonprofits that are tending those who need medical care as a result of COVID. (National Council of Nonprofits)
  • Global unemployment rate in Nonprofit – 4.6% (BLS)

Government – Federal, State and Local departments are overwhelmed

  • Global unemployment rate – 3.2% (BLS)
  • All levels of government are on a rapid learning curve as they try to manage remote workers and new online skills. This is an opportunity for jobseekers to highlight their skills with technology as an asset to employers. 
  • As a result of economic challenges (relief, aid, etc.), budgets will likely be more strained in 2020 and 2021. Serious reprioritization of technology investments will be required to overcome these challenges.