IT Job Market Holds Firm

IT Job Market Holds Firm

IT Job Market Holds Firm

Holding Steady
There are 84,508 available tech jobs, up 1% from this time last year.

Given what Americans have endured over the last several years, it's safe to say that any news that isn't particularly bad is actually pretty good. Which is probably the best way to interpret the latest IT jobs availability report from Dice.com, an IT employment career site. The overall number of tech positions has inched up ever so slightly from a year ago, which is obviously better than a decline. Interestingly, the percentage growth of full-time opportunities has increased more significantly, while contract gigs remain stuck in neutral. That seems an encouraging sign, given that employers had depended greatly on freelancers to keep projects going in light of the massive layoffs that occurred during the recession. So a greater need for full-timers bodes well for a more lasting recovery. And for those seeking greater flexibility within their work environment, there has been a notable boost in the number of open telecommuting positions. As for what skills are most in demand, think software programming and open-source expertise, among others.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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