Out of all the industries we've covered affected by the Coronavirus these last few weeks, only a few have come out relatively unscathed. Telecommunication, technology, and game companies are the most relied on right now, and impervious to the global pandemic, since everyone is working from home/on their phone/playing video games. Their business is seemingly thought of to be the luckiest right now, as corporations everywhere furlough and layoff employees and ask the government for bailout money.
But when we listed all the major companies in gaming, tech, and telecom, we found a few things. First, that they're still hiring when most industries aren't. Second, they're growing on social media, mostly Twitter followings. And third, Zoom ($ZM) is adding job openings like crazy. We wrote about them a month ago, and they're still expanding at a sizable clip every week.
Some other notable tidbits in this very long list: Amazon ($AMZN) is still trying to hire everyone on planet Earth, as we wrote about two weeks ago. They hit 40,000 job postings and never really looked back, so we covered where they were staffing up at, sector by sector. Take-Two Interactive ($TTWO) almost topped the list, as we identified in a story about one of its development studios, Gearbox Software. Take-Two is known for Rockstar Games (Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption) and 2K Games (NBA 2K), so they're doing just fine.
Most surprisingly though, Epic Games is not looking to add too many people right now. Fortnite, its gaming darling, is still as big as ever, but the North Carolina-based company seems to think 'less is more' when it comes to job openings.
Do note that sometimes companies move their job listings from one HR platform to another. This can result in sudden drops in metrics. We've checked the data here, but some anomalies may remain.
About the Data:
Thinknum tracks companies using the information they post online - jobs, social and web traffic, product sales and app ratings - and creates data sets that measure factors like hiring, revenue and foot traffic. Data sets may not be fully comprehensive (they only account for what is available on the web), but they can be used to gauge performance factors like staffing and sales.