Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills Grows Beyond IT Jobs

We've reported through 2011 that cloud computing is one of the most demanded IT skills. However, cloud computing hasn't just changed the skills being required for IT. Other functions across businesses are being impacted. In this blog post, we took a look at hiring demand and recruiting conditions for other occupations that commonly require cloud experience and knowledge in their online job ads.

Overall, hiring demand for cloud skills for jobs that aren't IT-related has been strong. In the past 90 days, there have been about 3,300 job ads posted online by employers and staffing firms, representing a 70% year-over-year growth. (There were about 6,800 IT jobs with cloud computing skill requirements during the same period - about a 53% year-over-year increase.) The 10 occupations with most demand for cloud skills that are not IT related are below. Of these, 9 saw year-over-year increases with Sales Representatives of Services seeing the most job ads and the most growth. Marketing Managers had the second highest demand for cloud computing skills. There weren't any job ads for Cargo and Freight Agents that required cloud skills last year, therefore a percent change can not be determined. The only occupation on this list to see a decline was General Operations Managers, which saw 4.8% fewer job ads this year that required cloud computing skills or experience.

Occupation Number of Job Ads % Change vs. Last Year
Sales Representatives, Services 486 +252.2%
Marketing Managers 484 +26.7%
Cargo and Freight Agents 400 --
Sales Managers 290 +40.1%
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Technical and Scientific Products 254 +50.3%
Sales Engineers 184 +52.1%
Management Analysts 57 +78.1%
Market Research Analysts 54 +107.7%
First-line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers 45 +45.2%
General Operations Managers 40 -4.8%
According to our Hiring Scale™, Sales Managers with cloud skills are likely to be the most difficult to fill of the above 10 occupations. There are about 14 qualified potential candidates in the workforce for every job ad currently advertised online. To put this in another perspective, our Candidate Supply charts estimate that 2.8% of all Sales Managers currently in the US workforce have cloud computing knowledge, experience, or skills. It's likely that employers sourcing for these skills will compete heavily to fill job openings.

Candidate Supply of Sales Managers with Cloud Computing Skills and Experience

candidate supply of sales managers with cloud computing skills
Source: WANTED Analytics

In comparison, Management Analysts are likely to be the easiest to fill of the above 10 occupations. The talent pool for this occupation consists of about 60 qualified potential candidates for every job opening. It's likely that Recruiters will see less competition when sourcing candidates for these open jobs.

Although Sales Managers with cloud computing knowledge may be hard to recruit on average, there are some locations that will experience easier conditions. Our Hiring Scale shows the 5 metropolitan areas with the highest volume of job ads are:

  1. Seattle, Washington
  2. Dallas, Texas
  3. San Francisco, California
  4. San Jose, California
  5. Chicago, Illinois
In these locations, the talent pool of qualified Sales Managers consists of up to 30 candidates per advertised job. Recruiters that are able to source from these locations may be able to find additional candidates and reduce their time-to-fill.

Hiring Scale of Sales Managers with Cloud Computing Skills in Seattle, WA (Easiest to Fill Location)

Hiring Scale for Sales Managers with Cloud Skills in Seattle
Source: WANTED Analytics

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