Indeed looked at the changes in search terms used by tech workers and by recruiters over the past two years, considering the October 2015 through September 2016 and October 2016 through September 2017 time periods. According to that analysis, React is up 313 percent year over year as a job seeker interest, and 229 percent as an employer interest. Cloud computing skills also appear to be blazingly hot, with interest in Amazon Web Services up 98 percent for job seekers and 40 percent for employers. Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform saw a 51-percent boost in searches by job seekers and a 62-percent jump for employers.
A few tech skills popular among job seekers did not do as well with employers. Interest in Tableau, Laravel, Golang, Unity, Django, and Linux all dropped on the employer side in 2017, according to search volume.
The study also showed an 18 percent drop in searches by employers for Python skills, but demand for Python experience isn’t cooling off that much. Daniel Culbertson, Indeed economist, pointed out in a blog post that, because Spark, up 14 percent among employer searches, and other technologies incorporate the language, “its importance as a skill is greater than its standing on its own indicates.”
Indeed’s analysis didn’t just limit itself to tech skills—Mandarin, the dominant language of China, showed a 49 percent increase in interest by job seekers, according to the study, but dropped 39 percent for employers.
The top 15, according to job-seeker interest, below:
Percent change in search volume, 2017 over 2016*
|Search Term||Job Seeker||Employer|
|1. React||313 percent||229 percent|
|2. Amazon Web Services||98 percent||40 percent|
|3. Azure||51 percent||62 percent|
|4. Angular||50 percent||6 percent|
|5. Mandarin||49 percent||-39 percent|
|6. Tableau||48 percent||-40 percent|
|7. Laravel||43 percent||-28 percent|
|8. Golang||39 perent||-4 percent|
|9. Spark||39 percent||14 percent|
|10. Offensive Security Certified||37 percent||34 percent|
|11. Unity||36 percent||-33 percent|
|12. Django||35 percent||-18 percent|
|13. Linux||31 percent||-27 percent|
|14. Python||29 percent||-18 percent|
|15. R||28 percent||3 percent|
*Terms are ranked by job seeker searches, then color coded by employer searches. A greater than 20 percent growth is green, 20 percent growth to 20 percent drop yellow, greater than 20 percent drop red
Correction made 11 December
Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., she's been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 40 years. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.