Hiring Prospects Brighten for IT Industry

Hiring Prospects Brighten for IT Industry

Hiring Prospects Brighten for IT Industry

1. Turning Point?

There was a net gain of 20,400 IT jobs in July, compared with just 3,400 in June and 200 in May.

In this era of skeletal staffing, are we finally seeing numbers improving for full-time IT opportunities? Could be. Janco Associates has come out with its monthly analysis of the latest tech industry data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and is reporting significant net gains in IT employment. Actually, at this rate of improvement, all IT jobs lost during the 2007 to 2009 recession could be regained within the next 12 months, Janco reports. As for specifics: Computer systems designers are officially "hot." And if you're looking for a growth industry that's ready to pump up staffing in the tech department, look no further than health care. Either way, the recent trend of hiring IT contractors as a stop-gap measure for staffing shortages appears to be on the decline. "This looks like a marked improvement in job prospects for IT professionals," says Victor Janulaitis, CEO of Janco Associates. "There’s still an issue with the decline in the percentage of individuals looking for work. However, we see more CIOs looking to reduce their expenses by replacing consultants and contractors with full-time employees."

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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