Both Yahoo (NSDQ: YHOO) and Google (NSDQ: GOOG) have cut back sharply on hiring — but they do still have hundreds of job openings. So, what do the two companies consider to be posts they need to fill? A report by Broadpoint.AmTech analyst Benjamin Schachter indicates that both firms seem to be increasingly emphasizing sales and marketing hires over research and development ones. At Google, sales and marketing openings are down 39 percent compared to a year ago, while engineering and R&D openings are down 60 percent (Overall, openings are down 54 percent). And, at Yahoo, Schachter says that engineering and R&D openings are down 58 percent, while sales and marketing listings are down 28 percent (Overall, job postings are down 47 percent).
Both companies continue to have substantially more openings for engineers than for sales and marketing folks. Still, the results are surprising, considering that Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has given the strong impression that she wants to emphasize engineering hires (“We had a lot of people running around telling engineers what to do but nobody is f—ing doing anything,” she famously said during the company’s earnings call in April). And when I looked at Google’s job openings in April I was struck by how few marketing posts there were.
Some other tid bits from Schachter’s analysis: In a nod to Yahoo’s efforts to focus on fewer areas, an opening for an M&A job mentions “divestiture responsibilities” — and Google, which is facing a host of regulatory challenges, has openings for public policy experts around the world.