TECHIES WANTED

Some of the biggest recruiters of tech talent are from outside the tech sector

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What do Lockheed Martin, JPMorgan Chase, and Best Buy all have in common? So far in 2018, they’ve each posted more tech job listings on the jobs site Indeed than Apple and Facebook combined.

Last week, Indeed published data showing that most of its tech job postings are not, in fact, from traditional tech companies, but from leaders in defense, security, healthcare, and banking. Job sites including Monster and Glassdoor have noted a similar trend.

“The distinction that has been historically made between technology and non-technology companies is fading,” says Raj Mukherjee, the VP of product at Indeed. “Today, every company is becoming a tech company, and there are many technology job opportunities for job seekers in every industry.”  

Though the data from Indeed, Monster, and Glassdoor don’t cover every way companies post jobs, they lend credence to the idea that “tech company” has become an inexact term. As software tools become an essential part of every business’s operations, the semantic distinction between tech companies and non-tech companies starts to lose its meaning. Even executives like LVMH’s chief digital officer Ian Rogers think “digital” is a nonsense word.

Though there was a dearth of big tech companies among the top 10 tech job posters on Indeed this year, Amazon and Microsoft are still the two biggest recruiters in the category. Apple came in at number nine, sandwiched between medical insurer UnitedHealth Group and CACI International, a defense IT contractor. The numbers in the chart below represent the percentage of all tech jobs posted on the site that each company accounts for.