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Capital One had more tech job postings in June than Amazon. Can tech workers find job security in finance?

July 11, 2022, 10:31 AM UTC
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A tech company’s hiring freeze or layoff might be a financial institution’s opportunity to attract top talent.

“When you see that a company like Capital One had the most job postings during the month of June, I would say that’s a pretty good example of a type of company that historically would not be one of the top 10 employers for technology positions, but they may sense an opportunity that they can step in and hire where other companies are pulling back some,” says Tim Herbert, chief research officer at Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). The global association provides vendor-neutral IT certifications.

With 13,774 job postings, the bank holding company Capital One is no. 1 on the list of U.S. employers with the most tech job postings in June, according to CompTIA’s analysis of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) jobs report released on July 8. Rounding out the top three are Amazon with 9,204 tech job openings, followed by Deloitte with 7,368. (Job postings don’t translate directly into open positions, as one job opening could be posted in multiple locations.)

Courtesy of CompTIA

Other tech giants like Netflix, and Twitter, have laid off staffers. Meanwhile, Meta and Intel have hiring freezes, and crypto companies like Coinbase have rescinded job offers. However, according to CompTIA’s report, technology industry companies added 20,300 net new workers in June, the 19th consecutive month of employment growth. The analysis found that for the first half of 2022, tech sector employment is tracking 59% ahead of the same period last year.

Companies that have announced layoffs and freezes over the past few months are “probably not fully representative of the broad base tech sector,” Herbert says. “In some cases, companies that have announced layoffs are also hiring,” he says. “So that’s pretty common in the tech space. Companies are simultaneously shifting workers potentially away from mature or slow growth areas into some of their emerging or fast-growth areas.”

CompTIA’s report found that companies across the economy added 160,000 core technology workers in June. According to the report, the unemployment rate for tech occupations fell back to 1.8%, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Regarding tech job postings in June, the finance and insurance industry had 65,929, coming in second to professional, scientific and technical services with 80,160 openings— “that’s where many of the tech companies themselves reside,” Herbert says. But “we have seen, and the data does confirm that the finance and insurance sector have increased their volume of job postings,” he says. “Finance has definitely moved up the ranks.”

I asked Herbert why he thinks this shift is happening. In the sector, there’s a focus on tech employees for digital transformation, but there is also “so much concern around privacy in cybersecurity,” he says. “That’s an example of a very specific skill set that many financial organizations want to beef up,” Herbert explains. “Data is another area that increasingly, there’s so much reliance. And the financial institutions that are best equipped to use data, and then increasingly rely on machine learning or artificial intelligence to help make sense of that data and turn it into something actionable, have such a significant competitive advantage.”

Companies in the finance and insurance sector are coming off the sidelines and seizing the moment. “They probably were a little wary of such a competitive hiring landscape over the past six months,” Herbert says. “Perhaps they’re not in the most glamorous industry sector, or they may not have quite the same name recognition. But now’s a great opportunity for some of those companies to compete for scarce tech talent.”


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Sheryl Estrada
sheryl.estrada@fortune.com

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