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Executive Summary

The Employer Insights Brief draws on labor market data and listening sessions with industry leaders to shed light on the in-demand jobs and skills impacting employer efforts to recruit and retain tech talent in the region.

The Greater Washington Partnership has focused on improving the talent pipeline in the Capital Region since its founding in early 2017. In 2018, the Partnership launched the Digital Tech Credential, a program offered by 18 universities in the region that aims to prepare students with the most critical knowledge, skills, and abilities linked to entry-level tech and tech adjacent jobs in the region. With support from JPMorgan Chase and Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Partnership also launched the TalentReady program in 2019, an effort to create and enhance IT course pathways from high school into postsecondary education and the workforce. The program has benefited over 10,000 students and counting. The brief released outlines four key hiring trends: