Microsoft ($NASDAQ:MSFT) is growing job postings as earnings approach. The data reflects one particular group getting more attention within the tech company - engineers.  

The chart above isn't ALL of Microsoft's job postings; it's just Microsoft's job postings for Microsoft.

Look at it this way: the Redmond, Washington tech titan is so enormous that some of its latest deals, like Github and LinkedIn, still maintain their own hiring platforms. At Microsoft, job postings rose 26% over the third quarter, topping year-over-year figures.  

Engineering job postings at Microsoft are up year-over-year (16%), and during 2019 - a sizeable portion of its job posting growth. Sales jobs are seeing more posting at Microsoft in 2019, too, although they're down slightly year-over-year. But engineers make up an outsized portion of Microsoft's job postings. 

So far this year, Microsoft is outpacing market benchmarks, with gains of more than 35%. The company topped both top- and bottom-line expectations when it announced earnings October 23, sending shares up in after-market trading.

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. 

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