Gusting Demand for IT Workers in the "Windy City"

One of our Twitter followers requested that we look at IT hiring trends for the Chicago metro area. So today, we thought we would see where the "Windy City" falls in terms of hiring demand and the overall recruiting conditions. Chicago is currently the city with the 4th highest demand for tech talent, after Washington (DC), New York, and San Francisco. At the time of writing, there are more than 10,000 job ads being advertised online by about 2,200 direct employers.

Volume of Available Tech Job Ads in Chicago, IL - 4 Year Metro Area

Hiring Demand for Tech Talent in Chicago, IL
Source: WANTED Analytics

The most commonly advertised job titles in Chicago:

  1. Java Developer
  2. Project Manager
  3. .NET Developer
  4. Senior Java Developer
  5. Business Analyst
  6. Software Engineer
  7. Web Developer
  8. Network Engineer
  9. Senior Software Engineer
  10. Sharepoint Developer
Most commonly required skills in tech job in Chicago:
  • Structured query language (SQL)
  • Project management
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Oracle Java
  • Problem solving
Since tech jobs are hard-to-fill across the US, it's probably not too surprising that they are also hard-to-recruit in Chicago. However, our Hiring Scale shows that it is likely to be more difficult than average to source candidates and fill jobs in Chicago than the national average. On our Hiring Scale, the national average score is a 79, out of a possible 99 where 99 would denote the most difficult. Chicago is represented by an 83. It's likely that Recruiters in Chicago will spend longer than average sourcing candidates, will experience more competition from other employers also looking to fill IT jobs, and may ultimately see a higher cost-per-hire.

Hiring Scale for IT jobs in Chicago, IL

Hiring Scale for IT jobs in Chicago, IL
Source: WANTED Analytics

If you are struggling to recruit tech talent, here are 5 other metro areas near Chicago that are currently experiencing easier recruiting conditions. Try sourcing potential candidates from these locations - you are likely to see less competition from other employers and may fill jobs even faster!

  • Sheboygan, WI
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Wausau, WI
  • Springfield, IL
  • Kokomo, IN
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