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Job Posting Analytics

The Job Posting Analytics report helps you quickly understand employer demand for specific roles or skills by region (click here for the definition of job postings). The report shows: 

  • how many job postings or advertisements are being posted
  • the jobs being sought
  • the companies looking for talent
  • the intensity of that demand 
  • the specific job titles businesses use
  • the qualifications associated with those postings
  • the skills that these companies say they need 

To use the report, start by selecting a region. This can be a census subdivision, census division, census metropolitan area (CMA), or province. Run the report to see data on all job postings in that region, or use the additional fields to narrow your search. For instance, you can focus on postings related to a particular occupation, job title, company, skill, industry, or keyword. 

In this example, we’ll be looking at postings for software engineers in Vancouver who have experience using Python. 

After you run the report, these and other filters will be available in a sidebar so you can further refine or modify your search. 


Job Postings Overview

The report starts by indicating that from November 2017 to September 2019, Vancouver had just over 1,650 unique postings (or advertisements) for software engineers. The key thing to note here is that when employers are looking for employees they often post or advertise multiple times across different sites, which creates the duplication. Emsi uses a deduplication process to determine how many of these postings are unique vs. how many are duplicates for the same position, and both numbers are reported here.

Based on the number of unique and total postings, we can also see the Posting Intensity. In Vancouver, the ratio is 4:1, meaning that for every 4 postings, 1 is unique. This indicates that for every one open position they advertise for it in four places. And finally, the overview shows that the posting duration (the length of time that postings are live and accepting applications) is typically 30 days. 


Advertised Salary: 

This section shows us the salary advertised for software engineers on job postings in Vancouver. The median salary is $84.2K, meaning half of postings advertise more and half advertise less. By looking at the chart we can see that of the 89 postings that contain a salary, 10 are between $30K and $40K, 15 are between $80K and $90K, and 8 are between $130K and $140K. Hover your mouse over the blue bars to see more information. 


Job Postings Regional Breakdown

The map shows us the census divisions that comprise our selected region. In an area with several divisions, the job postings for the area would likely be split between them. In this case, however, the Greater Vancouver census division contains all of the job postings within the time frame. 


Sample Postings:

Here the report allows us to see actual job postings that have been aggregated from online job boards and match our desired description. By clicking on any one of these posting samples, we can see the full text of the posting. If the posting is still live, the sample will contain a link that you can use to visit the posting source. These postings provide most or all of the information included in this report, such as salary, location, skills, and more. The Jump to Job Postings List link at the top will bring us to a list of the top 50 job postings for software engineers in our selected CMA. 


Monthly Active Postings:

The report also offers a look at historic trends for the postings in question. This helps establish historical context so you can get a sense for growth, decline, or seasonality associated with the postings.


Hovering over any plotted point will show the number of unique software engineer job postings that were active in that month, as well as the posting intensity. You can also click Last 30 Days to see posting trends over that time frame. For further analysis, you can click Jump to Job Postings Table in the upper right-hand corner.


Education & Experience Breakdown:

Job postings sometimes specify a minimum required level of education and may also mention some level of education as “preferred” or “required.” This section of the report provides a breakdown of how many postings include this information. Click on the blue question marks to learn more about these requirements. Here we can see that 70% of postings for software engineers in Vancouver ask for a Bachelor’s degree, and 18% ask for a Master’s. As for experience, 34% require at least 2-3 years and 22% require at least 4-6. 


Who Is Hiring:

This section shows the top companies posting, top cities where postings appear, top occupations (based on mapping job titles to the nearest occupation code), top job titles, and the top industries associated with the titles. The companies are ranked by number of unique postings (indicated by the horizontal blue bars) and also show posting intensity and median posting duration: 

This chart demonstrates the value of combining multiple perspectives on the economy together in one place. For instance, we see that Amazon posted the most open positions (126 unique postings) between Nov 2017 and Sep 2019, but Electronic Arts had greater posting intensity in that time frame. This could mean that there are more roles to fill at Amazon while Electronic Arts is working harder to fill the open positions they have. 


In-Demand Skills

The Skills section of the report shows the frequency of the top hard skills and top common skills  appearing in job postings that match our data selections. Because we added the Python skill as a skill to our filter at the beginning, all postings listed will have a requirement for Python. Below, we can see that software development and Java are listed frequently in these postings as well.


Top Qualifications: 

The following graph indicates the most popular qualifications that appear in job postings. Certified Information Systems Security Professional is found in 29 postings, GIAC Certifications in 25, and GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester in 21. 


Top Sources:

Finally, here you can see the sources we’re using to get these postings for software engineers. From Nov 2017 through Sep 2019, the largest percentage of postings were found on Wowjobs.ca. Selecting the More button beneath the graph will show the next ten posting sources. 


We hope this report provides the detailed labor market information you need to make good decisions and drive prosperity for your organization and community. If you have additional questions, please contact our customer service team by using the Submit a Question feature on the right side of the page.

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