IT Job Market Improving

Posted by Kevin Brady on Sun 6th December 2009 at 06:06 PM, Filed in Industry News

I read today a post from Information Week  saying that the IT job Market is perhaps on the mend.  The view from the cliff is that there is expected a 3% increase in IT staffing during early 2010, with traditional jobs in networking, security, and application development most in demand.

This estimate was derived from a telephone interview of over 1,400 CIO’s throughout the US. This survey completed last week discovered a net 3% increase in IT hiring and this was across companies of all sizes and is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2010. Also the survey discovered that 7% of surveyed CIO’s expected additions to their IT resource pools while 4% expected reduction producing an expected net increase of 3%.

A wide range of jobs is expected to receive hiring interest from CIOs. This ranges from entry to senior level positions. The skills most in demand are:-

• Network administration (cited by 70% of the responding CIOs)
• Desktop support (cited by 66% of survey respondents),
• Windows administration (cited by 62% of survey respondents).

The real high point of the survey was from Health Service CIO’s who 16% stated they were planning to expand their IT departments with just 3% planning cutbacks. Many of these CIOs pointed to these increased staffing needs as emanating from the development of enterprise-wide applications such as the digitization of patient records.

Whilst I welcome such good news, it is in my view to early to say whether this going to be part of a long term trend of improvement, when western governments are still feeding money to the banks and budget deficits are forecast to rise requiring at some point cuts in government spending and increases in taxes.

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