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Amazon, Driven by AWS, Keeps the Tech Hires Rolling

Despite a hiring environment hampered by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Amazon.com -- the parent company of cloud computing juggernaut Amazon Web Services (AWS) -- was the top tech employer in the second quarter, according to a recent Dice report.

Amazon was the lone cloud computing provider in the top 10. Oracle clocked in at No. 11 and Google at No. 32. Microsoft, whose Azure cloud platform is AWS' closest rival in terms of market share, did not even crack the top 50.

Though AWS makes up just a small fraction of Amazon's total revenues, Dice emphasized that the bulk of Amazon's tech hiring is related to cloud computing. "Some of the top occupations that Amazon is looking to hire include software developer, network engineer, program manager and systems engineer," the report said.

Specifically, the top 20 skills in Amazon job postings start with Java and end with NoSQL:

[Click on image for larger view.] Top tech skills sought by Amazon. (Source: Dice)

That roughly correlates with the overall top tech occupations as measured by job postings in the quarter, a list headed by "software developer" at No. 1, with "java developer" at No. 5.

Between May and June, the demand for some tech occupations actually increased, specifically:

  • Software developer -- 25 percent
  • Systems engineer -- 24 percent
  • Application developer -- 31 percent

"While the beginning of the quarter put employers in an uncertain landscape, June's rise in job postings for key occupations suggests that, while the pandemic is far from over, employer confidence appears to be returning," Dice said.

Several reports (such as this and this and this) have indicated that cloud computing providers were among the few industry segments faring well during the pandemic, and the Dice report suggests that may continue.

"In coming years, even more firms will turn to cloud platforms such as AWS and Microsoft's Azure for their storage and computing needs, abandoning in-house servers and data centers entirely," said the report.

The full Dice report, titled "Tech Job Report -- Hiring Trends in the Time of COVID-19," is available with registration here.

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David Ramel is an editor and writer for Converge360.

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