Job boom may be over: Openings decline in the Triangle as

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – The boom in jobs and demand for talent appears to be rapidly coming to a close across the Triangle, according to data from the region’s biggest jobs boards.

While more than 50,000 jobs remain unfilled, data gathered by WRAL TechWire over the weekend finds drops on every major board over the last month—although Durham County and Johnston County showed slight upticks at one site (Adzuna). Raleigh jobs took the biggest hit with a drop of nearly 3,600 since last month, according to Adzuna.

The 30-day-trend has not wiped out a huge gain in job openings year-over-year. Still, growing pessimism about the overall economy could be spreading here. Last week, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon forecast an economic “hurricane” coming, and a new survey of business executives reveals concerns about inflation and labor costs.

Per a recent survey from the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants, senior leaders at U.S. companies are less optimistic about the next 12 months than at any point over the last 11 years. Also, fewer than one in five executives expressed any optimism, citing the impact of inflation on their companies and the U.S. economy. 

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Atop the list of reported concerns was the impact of inflation on the U.S. economy and executives’ companies. According to the survey, that includes labor and operation costs, which are anticipated to increase at a rate of 4.4%.

As of today, however, the demand for local talent is spread across a range of employers, from small companies and startups to nonprofits and governments to multinational corporations.

Breakdown by job boards

Every week, we track the total number of Triangle-area positions posted on major job websites. Here’s a look at the totals as of Sunday afternoon. Note: The month-over-month totals are compared to our May 9 report, and the year-to-date totals begin with our Jan. 3 report.

  • Adzuna:
    • Wake County: 53,225 jobs (⇓ -2,149 month-over-month; ⇑ +10,674 year-to-date)
    • Raleigh: 32,854 (⇓ -3,586 MoM; ⇑ +8,910 YTD)
    • Durham County: 13,231 (⇑ +201 MoM; ⇑ +3,477 YTD)
    • Johnston County: 2,838 (⇑ +141 MoM)*
  • Dice.com (using the 5-mile radius filter):
    • Raleigh: 18,325 (⇓ -143 MoM; ⇑ +2,954 YTD)
    • Durham: 18,154 (⇓ -90 MoM; ⇑ +2,974 YTD)
    • Chapel Hill: 17,954 (⇓ -70 MoM; ⇑ +2,965 YTD)
  • Glassdoor: 39,174 jobs across the Research Triangle Park area (⇓ -1,084 MoM; ⇑ +4,326 YTD)
  • Indeed (5-mile radius filter):
    • Raleigh: 17,723 (⇓ -997 MoM; ⇑ +1,315 YTD)
    • Durham: 10,531 (⇓ -1,106 MoM; ⇑ +494 YTD)
    • Chapel Hill: 4,716 (⇓ -743 MoM; ⇑ +828 YTD)
    • Johnston County: 865 (⇓ -23 MoM)*
  • LinkedIn (using the “exact location” and “0-miles” filters):
    • Raleigh: 29,498 (⇓ -1,479 MoM; ⇑ +2,633 YTD)
    • Durham: 14,128 (⇓ -2,643 MoM; ⇓ -359 YTD)
    • Chapel Hill: 2,995 (⇓ -212 MoM; ⇑ +565 YTD)
    • Johnston County: 1,684 (⇓ -2 MoM)*
  • ZipRecruiter (5-mile filter):
    • Raleigh: 41,769 (⇓ -964 MoM; ⇑ +8,547 YTD)
    • Durham: 15,508 (⇓ -2,050 MoM; ⇑ +650 YTD)
    • Chapel Hill: 906 (⇓ -3,187 MoM; ⇓ -2,738 YTD)
    • Johnston County: 344 (⇓ -769 MoM)*

*Note: The year-to-date data for Johnston County is not available because we added it to the lineup after January 2022.

National jobs market remains strong

Across the country, however, federal and state data continues to show a robust market for talent. 

Even amid ongoing recession concerns, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced last Friday that the national job market added 390,000 positions in May, while the unemployment rate remained unchanged (at 3.6%) for the third consecutive month. Another interesting tidbit: In April, the number of job openings declined to 11.4 million from a record high of 11.9 million in March, and the number of fired or laid-off workers slid to its lowest level on record.

Meanwhile, the North Carolina Department of Commerce recently released its latest set of employment estimates, reporting that employers added 23,922 workers in April, while the number of unemployed persons decreased by 6,924. (Note that these estimates don’t account for broader seasonal patterns.) Unemployment has consistently fallen in most counties across the Triangle region.

Here’s a look at some regional job sites:

Startup Job Search Sites

Aside from the boards above, job seekers can also find local startup jobs at SimplyHired (248 startup jobs near Research Triangle Park), LinkedIn (13,333 results in and around Raleigh), Indeed (293 startup jobs in/near RTP) and AngelList (job openings in Raleigh, Durham and across North Carolina). InHerSight also lists jobs at local startups.

Here’s a look at local and regional job sites, listed in alphabetical order:

AMA Triangle

AMA Triangle, the fifth-largest chapter in American Marketing Association’s nationwide network, aims to be a go-to resource for all things marketing in the Triangle. The organization provides professional training, free career webinars and a job board offering free resume placement for marketing professionals.

As of Sunday afternoon, AMA Triangle’s job board shows 79 marketing jobs in Raleigh, 39 in Durham and 36 in Chapel Hill (using the 25-mile radius filter). Six local jobs were added to the site over the last week:

  • Hutchison PLLC is hiring a director of marketing and business development in Raleigh.
  • Marsh & McLennan Companies seeks a client relations and marketing manager in Raleigh.
  • The North Carolina Bar Association posted an opening for a marketing specialist in Cary.
  • Robert Half posted two jobs in Raleigh for a marketing/creative practice director and a client solutions manager.
  • Verizon is looking to hire a senior product marketing advisor at its Cary office.

American Underground

Durham-based startup hub American Underground regularly posts job openings on its job board. Job seekers can filter their search by company, location and job function. As of Sunday afternoon, the site shows 210 jobs at 56 companies. Seven job openings were posted over the last week:

  • Health care software provider Aledade posted an opening in Durham for a senior director of software engineering.
  • Durham wellness startup Auroraflow is looking to hire a licensed massage therapist.
  • Local nonprofit Don’t Waste Durham posted an opening for an administrative assistant.
  • Private jet company flyExclusive seeks a business intelligence analyst in Durham.
  • California-based insurtech startup Noyo posted a remote opening for a customer onboarding lead.
  • Durham’s ProcessMaker, a workflow automation software provider, is looking to hire a sales development manager.
  • Wild Earth, a pet food company, seeks a temporary customer success representative in Raleigh.

Bio Jobs Hub

Last year, WRAL TechWire and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center launched a Bio Jobs Hub platform focused on biopharma manufacturing — one of North Carolina’s largest industries, employing over 26,000 people.

Typical biopharma jobs include process technicians, maintenance and/or instrumentation technicians, quality assurance and quality control associates, process development scientists and process engineers. This industry also offers competitive entry-level salaries, from $42,000 to $60,000. 

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Scientists, skilled laborers and recent graduates can use the Bio Jobs Hub resource to find career and training opportunities in their area. Users can search by location, job category/activity and region.

Many biopharma companies are hiring in the Triangle, including large employers like Biogen in Research Triangle Park, bioMérieux in Durham, GSK in Zebulon, Merck & Co. in Durham, Novo Nordisk in Durham and Clayton, Pfizer in Sanford, and others.

Leadership Triangle

Leadership Triangle’s job board is packed with local jobs. The site displays 1,566 openings at 30 companies as of Sunday afternoon.

Here’s what’s been posted in the last week:

  • Bank of America seeks a relationship manager business owner specialist in Clayton.
  • Bland Landscaping posted three landscape maintenance foreman jobs (one in Apex, two in Durham).
  • Blue Cross NC added several openings in Durham: Senior user experience design analyst, principal program manager, senior data analyst, senior member contact center manager, user experience researcher, business analyst, senior financial risk advisor, senior actuarial services manager, senior strategic advisor, user interface design analyst, account implementation analyst (two positions), small group account manager, senior accountant, senior content management analyst, senior accountant, senior full-stack developer, data and technology advisor, facets IT development consultant, full-stack developer, DevOps engineer, IT solution delivery director and OME performance director. 
  • Burt’s Bees posted openings in Morrisville for two process techs, three sanitizers and a pre-weigh associate.
  • Capitol Broadcasting Company (WRAL TechWire’s parent company) posted two openings in Durham for a commercial maintenance mechanic and a gameday concessions staff member.
  • Coastal Credit Union seeks an account representative in Raleigh.
  • Fidelity Investments posted lots of new jobs in Durham last week. Open positions include: cloud software engineering director, principal AWS software engineer, principal Java full-stack software engineer, senior software engineer (four openings), principal software engineer developer, wallet blockchain software engineering director, enterprise transparency squad leader, senior systems services and support analyst, senior UI software developer, software engineer, enterprise infrastructure Scrum master, software engineering chapter leader, senior software engineer in test, senior mainframe engineer, central relationship manager, MTW data-as-a-service squad leader, core brokerage Scrum master, university relationships strategy director, defined benefit project manager/consultant, event marketing director, principal cloud engineer, growth strategy director and digital assets team lead.
  • Medicago seeks a quality control analyst, a validation director and an IT infrastructure system administrator in Durham.
  • North Carolina Central University posted six openings in Durham: NSF post-doctoral fellow/research scientist, SSA temporary employee, building environmental tech, supplemental instruction director, administrative support associate, and assistant/associate professor of human resource management/organization behavior.
  • Truist posted several job openings across the Triangle area:
    • Carrboro: Universal banker
    • Cary: Teller/senior teller
    • Chapel Hill: Teller/senior teller
    • Fuquay-Varina: Financial services specialist (two openings)
    • Garner: On-demand teller
    • Morrisville: Senior relationship banker
    • Princeton: Branch leader
    • Raleigh: TA senior recruiter, senior content designer, branch leader (two openings), client IAM cybersecurity engineer, Camunda software engineer, Java Spring Boot software engineer, UI angular software engineer, on-demand teller, senior business analyst, automation engineering operations manager group technology director, principal user experience designer, senior digital marketing specialist (two openings), Java software engineer, Salesforce business analyst in Treasury client onboarding, full-stack development tech lead, intelligent automation governance manager, group technology manager, senior user experience designer, senior experience designer, CRE portfolio manager, commercial banker, financial crimes governance specialist, CCB underwriter and portfolio manager, business systems analyst, relationship banker (two openings), universal banker, data scientist/analytics engineer, Agile group product manager, IT project manager, merchant services production support analyst, merchant services compliance manager, and internal control monitoring and testing advisor
    • Sanford: Senior relationship banker, relationship banker and teller/senior teller
    • Zebulon: Mission critical senior operations manager
  • William Peace University posted two openings in Raleigh: Admissions recruiter and part-time library associate.

NCBiotech

The North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s extensive jobs board lists open jobs and internships from local life science companies and research organizations. The organization recently updated the user interface with a fresh design. Job seekers can filter their search results by position title, job function and location. NCBiotech also touts jobs through its Bio Jobs Hub program.

The site lists 289 openings as of Sunday afternoon. Here is what’s new over the last week:

  • CoImmune is hiring a regulatory affairs manager in Durham.
  • PharPoint Research posted five openings in Raleigh/Durham: Clinical operations lead, senior statistical programmer, senior biostatistician, principal data manager and lead data manager (remote).
  • Precision BioSciences seeks a core technology research associate, a cell therapy process development engineer and a data scientist in Durham.

Note: This list does not include openings posted by recruiting/staffing firms.

NC TECH

The North Carolina Technology Association (NC TECH) has an interactive job board that you can use to find your next career opportunity. Users can search by keyword, location, category, type (full-time or part-time) and experience level.

Two new jobs were added to the site last week:

  • Technology nonprofit MCNC seeks a cybersecurity solutions advocate in RTP.
  • William Peace University posted an opening for a director of enrollment operations in Raleigh.

NC TECH is hosting a virtual job fair on June 8 to connect local job seekers with more than 20 employers offering over 1,400 technology positions.

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NCWorks

NCWorks, the statewide job search portal run by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, has nearly 100 career centers located across the state. Users can filter NCWorks’ database by keyword, location, occupation group or specific occupations, minimum acceptable salary, education level, job sources and date posted.

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Over 900 resumes were updated on the site this week, as of Sunday afternoon. NCWorks reports thousands of available positions across the Triangle area.

Top organizations

In Wake County, the top employers with the most job openings on NCWorks are*:

  • Wake County Public School System
  • WakeMed Health and Hospitals
  • North Carolina State University
  • UNC Health Care System
  • Lenovo

Here are the top companies/organizations by job openings in Durham County:

  • Duke University
  • Durham Public Schools
  • Duke University Health System
  • Fidelity Investments
  • IQVIA

The top employers in Johnston County are:

  • Johnston County Public Schools
  • Johnston Health
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Grifols
  • WakeMed Health and Hospitals

And here are the top employers in Orange County:

  • UNC Chapel Hill
  • UNC Health Care System
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools
  • Orange County Schools
  • AHS NurseStat

*Note: This data was gathered through NCWorks’ Labor Market Information portal, which aggregates public job listings. NC Commerce confirmed with TechWire that this search pathway has a thorough process to remove duplicate job listings. Check employers’ websites directly for the latest information.

Raleigh Founded

Raleigh Founded, a startup incubator and coworking space, has its own job board. Job seekers can filter results by company, company size, industry and job function. The site currently lists 158 positions at 30 companies as of Sunday afternoon. Seven new jobs were posted over the last week:

  • Durham’s MedPharm, a contract development and manufacturing organization, is looking to hire an R&D scientific study manager, a quality control associate scientist and a performance testing senior scientist/department lead.
  • Raleigh software startup Pendo seeks a senior Salesforce engineering manager, an enterprise growth account executive, a product design director and a site reliability engineer.

Triangle Region Job Board

Leadership Triangle, Raleigh Founded and American Underground teamed up to create the Triangle Region Job Board, which synthesizes all of the openings posted on the organizations’ job boards. (Those openings are listed under their respective subheadings above.)

As of Sunday afternoon, the site shows 3,193 jobs at 100 companies. The latest Triangle-area openings (excluding remote jobs) come from the following employers:

  • Aledade (Durham)
  • Bank of America (Clayton)
  • Bland Landscaping (Apex, Durham, Wake Forest)
  • Blue Cross NC (Durham)
  • Burt’s Bees (Morrisville)
  • Capitol Broadcasting Company (Durham)
  • Citrix (Raleigh)
  • Coastal Credit Union (Raleigh)
  • Credible (Durham)
  • Fidelity Investments (Durham)
  • flyExclusive (Durham)
  • Medicago (Durham)
  • MedPharm (Durham)
  • North Carolina Central University (Durham)
  • Pendo (Raleigh)
  • ProcessMaker (Durham)
  • Truist (multiple locations)
  • Wild Earth (Raleigh)
  • William Peace University (Raleigh)

Work in the Triangle

Work in the Triangle, a Wake County Economic Development program, regularly shares new openings through its Twitter feed, @WorkTriangleNC. The program recently launched a job board on its website, with 10,250 active openings as of Sunday afternoon. Of those, 8,240 are technology jobs, 1,178 are advanced manufacturing positions, 341 are in cleantech and 491 are in life sciences.

Every Tuesday, Work in the Triangle’s #TriangleTuesdays hashtag lists hot jobs in the area. Here’s a recap of last week’s openings (from May 31):

Scroll through the #TriangleTuesdays hashtag on Twitter for more details on the openings.

Openings at Top Triangle Tech Firms

Job openings abound at the Triangle’s leading technology employers. Here’s how many are available as of Sunday afternoon:

  • Lenovo: 347 jobs in Morrisville
  • SAS: 142 openings in Cary
  • Red Hat: 31 openings in Raleigh; 16 remote openings in North Carolina
  • Pendo: 24 openings in Raleigh
  • IBM: ~24 jobs in RTP, according to the website; 167 jobs in Durham listed on NCWorks

Job Openings Submitted by Local Companies

Below is a list of employer-submitted job openings. If you’d like to submit your job openings for this segment, reach out to us here.

Communications software firm Bandwidth currently has 65 open positions at its Raleigh headquarters. Openings span software development, sales, IT, finance, marketing, network engineering and more. See the full list of positions here.

Chapel Hill-based edtech company Terra Dotta plans to boost its headcount by 25% in 2022. Its current job openings include:

Upcoming Job Fairs/Career Events

Here’s our latest roundup of upcoming job fairs and other resources to help people looking for employment:

Meet the Employer: First Citizens Bank: June 7, 11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (online)

This webinar, held a day before NC TECH’s Summer Virtual Tech Job Expo, will inform job seekers on First Citizens Bank’s IT needs, growth plans and recruiting.

Meet the Employer: Credit Suisse: June 7, 3-3:45 p.m. (online)

Ahead of NC TECH’s Virtual Tech Job Expo, job seekers can join this webinar to hear an overview of Credit Suisse’s IT operations, future plans and recruiting needs.

NC TECH’s Virtual Job Expo: June 8, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (online)

NC TECH’s Job Expo allows job seekers and employers to connect live via chat and video. Employers will host virtual booths describing employee benefits/perks, job vacancies and more. While the event mainly focuses on candidates seeking tech-related jobs/careers and internships, many employers have openings in non-technical roles such as sales/marketing, finance and customer support. As of late-May, the job fair had more than 20 participating employers with over 1,400 openings.

NC TECH’s Virtual Job Expo

BioNetwork Virtual Career Fair: Aug. 3, 3-6 p.m. (online)

The North Carolina BioNetwork will host an online career fair for process technicians seeking jobs at biotechnology, pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing companies.

Other Resources / Student Support

If you’re a student looking for an internship or entry-level position at a local company or organization, your university has resources to help you get started. Quick links below:

For Johnston County job seekers: The newly launched JoCo Careers website helps job seekers find companies hiring in Johnston County. (More TechWire coverage here.)

Twitter Accounts to Follow

Here are some locally run Twitter accounts that regularly share job openings in the Triangle:

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