What We Do

A local coalition of diverse community partners is collaborating to implement Cincinnati’s TechHire initiative focused on diversity and inclusion, hiring from non-traditional pathways, and coordinating collaboration among stakeholders, including the “pillar companies” of the Region.   The Cincinnati Business Committee and the CIO Roundtable, which includes CEOs and CIOs from the city’s largest employers such as Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Great American Insurance, Western & Southern Financial and more, endorse Cincinnati’s TechHire initiative and are engaged in its programs to seek/hire diverse and non-traditional candidates.
Key elements of our current efforts include:

  • INTERalliance, a non-profit that engages more than 1,000 high school students each year in programs that encourage the pursuit of IT careers.  Matriculation in IT-related college majors is 10x national averages and the programs are inclusive/diverse (45% female and 20% minorities).
  • Cincy CodeIT, a bootcamp-type program that trains candidates with little-to-no IT background to become certified application developers.  This program is delivering 95% hiring rates with starting salaries averaging more than $50K/year;
  • Per Scholas, a non-profit that trains and places more than 80 individuals each year, half of whom are women and minorities, into entry-level IT roles (average compensation:  $30K/yr).
  • Girl Develop It, the local chapter of a national non-profit focused on training women in web and software development.

As of 2015, nearly 150 non-traditional students have been hired from our current training programs, producing annual wages of roughly $5 million.   Our plan is to expand current programs and add new ones (e.g., code academies) in 2016.

For more information about TechHire Cincinnati, contact Geoff Smith.

IT Labor Market Landscape

Below is a snapshot of the Cincinnati labor market demand for IT talent. These are the most demanded skills and occupations from 12/6/15 to 2/3/16.
Sources: Burning Glass Technologies and Emsi (projection data)

Top Skills

Baseline Skills

  1. Communication Skills
  2. Organizational Skills
  3. Writing
  4. Problem Solving
  5. Troubleshooting

Software and Programming Skills

  1. SQL
  2. Microsoft Excel
  3. JAVA
  4. Oracle
  5. Microsoft Office

Top Occupations

Top 5 Occupations

  1. Software Developer / Engineer
  2. Systems Analyst
  3. Network / Systems Administrator
  4. Business Intelligence Analyst
  5. Database Administrator

Fastest Growing Occupations (2015-2020)

  1. Computer and Information Research Scientists
  2. Information Security Analysts
  3. Software Developers, Systems Software
  4. Computer Systems Analysts
  5. Multimedia Artists and Animators

Community Partners

The following organizations are engaged and committing to making the Cincinnati TechHire effort a success:

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Great American Insurance
Western & Southern
The Kroger Company
Ingage Partners
Insight Global
Kemba Credit Union
Koncert IT
Messina Staffing
NSC Global
Pride Technologies
R&L Carriers
Robert Half
Staples IT
Team Logic IT
Time Warner Cable
University of Cincinnati
Girl Develop It
New Prospect Academic Incubator
Cincinnati State
Northern Kentucky University
Miami University
Gateway Community College
Brighton Center
Cincinnati Business Council