Portland apartment job openings represent 56 percent of all the real estate jobs in the metro, according to the latest jobs report from the National Apartment Association.
The city leads all United States metros with the highest number of apartment job openings at 56 percent, followed by San Antonio at 54 percent and Denver at 47 percent.
Leasing season has officially begun, and property management companies are preparing for an increase in traffic, new leases, and apartment turnovers, the report says.
In May’s edition of NAAEI’s Apartment Jobs Snapshot, the number of available positions in the apartment industry amounted to more than 11,000 job openings, with the highest concentration of job postings in Portland, San Antonio, Raleigh, Denver, and Austin.
This month’s spotlight highlights maintenance managers and supervisors.
Maintenance apartment job openings in high demand in Seattle
The demand for maintenance positions was more than three times the U.S average in Seattle, where the median market salary for maintenance manager or supervisor is $42,304.
The top specialized skills employers are looking for included plumbing, repair, HVAC, and property management skills. They also are seeking candidates with strong budgeting skills, staff management skills, and experience with property management software.
National Apartment Association jobs report background
The NAA jobs report focuses on jobs that are being advertised in the apartment industry as being available, according to Paula Munger, Director, Industry Research and Analysis, for the National Apartment Association’s Education Institute.
“Our education institute is a credentialing body for the apartment industry. They hear often that one of the biggest problems keeping our industry leaders up at night is the difficulty in finding talent, attracting talent and retaining talent,” Munger said. “Labor-market issues are happening in a lot of industries, certainly with the tight labor market we have.”
NAA partnered with Burning Glass Technologies.
“They have a labor-job posting database that is proprietary,” she said, and they can “layer on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). We looked at that and thought we could do something that is really going to help the industry and help benchmark job titles and trends as we go forward,” Munger said.