NEW YORK CITY, New York: Jobs in the tech sector recorded a rapid increase in New York City last year, even as the COVID-19 pandemic forced most other sectors to slow down hiring, a new study reports.
Between April and November 2020, there were more vacancies for tech positions than any other job type, including healthcare, in the city, which was among the worst affected by the pandemic in the U.S., according to the Center for an Urban Future, a non-partisan policy think tank.
The study, which based its findings on data collected by labor-market analytics firm Burning Glass Technologies, found that software developers and engineers were the most sought-after, with 21,268 jobs posted for positions during the period, nearly double the vacancies for physicians, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Ranging from Informational-Technology project managers to cybersecurity analysts and user-experience designers, tech positions were among the top 11 of the 50 most sought-after jobs.
This was despite the fact there were 37 percent fewer job postings for tech positions, year-on-year, during the period.
Tech jobs were leading hiring in New York, even prior to the pandemic, Eli Dvorkin, editorial and policy director at the Center for an Urban Future, pointed out.
"What's surprising is just how strong the continued demand for tech hiring was, especially with the economic devastation we've seen," he said, as quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
Tech companies thrived over the past year as demand surged for technology platforms that could help people work, shop, study and keep in touch with friends and families from the confines of their homes, according to Julie Samuels, executive director of Tech: NYC, a nonprofit advocacy group for New York City's tech sector.
Tech titans such as Google, which funded the new study, along with Facebook, Amazon and Apple, have expanded their presence in the city, thus creating thousands of jobs.
Startups based in the city are also attracting billions of dollars in funding, Samuels said.
"The growth of the tech sector has been rapidly accelerating in New York City, and that is in part driven by tech companies opening offices here, but it's also driven by so many New York employers essentially becoming tech companies themselves," she said, according to the Wall Street Journal.