Friday, August 17, 2012

Declining BI Jobs?

This summer, things have seemed to be extra quiet. Lots of people are away on vacations, making it hard to get business done.

BI Job Trend 

Perhaps that is what is reflected in some trends I see using SimplyHired graphs. Looking at job posting trends for some of the popular BI products such as Cognos, Business Objects, SAS, and MicroStrategy, I see a downward trend that appears to have started in June 2012.

Demand spiked at the beginning of June but fell at the end of the month, even below the annual average. Of course, this is showing a percentage of the total jobs, so perhaps there are other jobs taking the place of BI.

Software Job Trend


When I look at the entire software market, I see that same downward trend near the end of June 2012. Notice that June's job market is well below that of June in the previous year. Software is a smaller percentage of the total job market. If this is seasonal, it is more pronounced that last year.


What about just programmer jobs? Yes, the downward trend is even sharper there. In fact, it looks like a steep slope with no plans to level out any time soon.





Professional Job Market Trend

What does SimplyHired say about all of the "professional" job postings, especially the "managers?"



Yes, a downward trend is there too. Professionals and Managers are a smaller part of the total job market.

I'm hoping for a good excuse like summer vacations.

2 comments:

Dallas Marks said...

Doug, I don't track the full-time market, but I still get tons of calls for contract and consulting work.

Web Timesheet Software said...

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