IT Job Market and US National Employment Data

2013 IT Salary SurveyIT job market prospects are tied to the US national employment data

IT Job Market and US National Employment Data - On a monthly basis - typically on the first Friday of the month - Janco publishes an analysis of the IT Job Market utilizing the BLS labor data and its proprietary data. See the latest press clipping go to Janco's Press Clippings and

The salary survey is updated twice a year; once in January and then again in July. Janco and not only look at base salaries, they also report on total compensation and hiring trends for IT professionals.

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IT Job Market growth was 60,400 new jobs in 2017 according to the final BLS adjustment

The number of IT Jobs added in 2016 was 71,900 and 112,500 in 2015 new jobs.  2017 was a disappointment with a little over 60K net new IT Jobs created. 

Anual IT Job Market Growth

However, with the existing business climate in the US we forecast that 82,500 new IT jobs will be created.

Forecast of Annual IT Job Market Growth

There seems to be an upward trend in the number of IT jobs created..

IT job market growth by class of jobs

When Final December YTD 2017 is compared with December YTD 2016 there were 11,500 fewer new IT jobs created in 2017 than 2016. Much of that is due to an adjustment in the Telecommunications job market.

YTD IT Job Market growth

The IT job market growth has started off being ahead of 2017 with 2,000 net new job created.

IT Job Market growth 2018

Hiring Plans for IT Professionals

In the fourth quarter of 2017 many CIOs are holding back on hiring to fill new positions for IT Pros. That has changed with the passage of the recent tax legislation business are much more optimistic. 

Future IT Hiring Plans

Based on Janco's interviews and survey data the following positions are in high demand.

Jobs in Demand

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U.S. Department of Labor National Employment Report

IT job market size increased in January with 2,000 new jobs and 44,300 jobs added in the last 12 months.

The BLS reclassified jobs that are in the Telecommunication to Computer Systems Design and related services which is why the individual classifications show a large change last year.  

With the added impact of the multiple hurricanes and fires in the west, in our professional opinion we believe that employment in the IT market will slow.

Net change in IT job market growth

In interviews with both CIOs and HR professionals since the election, Janco has found CIOs to be more optimistic about the probability of increased IT spending and hiring.

Year to year comparison of IT job market growth

CIOs say short term hiring and long term prospects are improving

Job growth in the IT job market has been flat for the last several months

IT Job Market Gains

The three month moving average for IT job market growth trend for IT Professionals is flat. We expect that to change in the next two quarters.

Moving average of IT job market growth

Janco's CIO Hiring Plan Forecast are up. Many IT organizations have open requisitions for IT pros that they are not able to fill  because of the lack of good candidates.

IT Hiring TrendJobs Added

IT Job Market Employment Trends

The IT job market grew by 2,000 jobs last  month. Over the past 12 months 44,300 IT jobs were created according to the latest BLS data. Telecommunication continues to be a drag on the job market for IT Pros.

Hurricanes, fires, and the mixed prospect on new tax legislation continue to dampen the long term prospects for the creation of new IT jobs.

IT job market improves - hiring up

It is very clear that telecommunication professionals are in a shrinking job market -- there is no end in sight. There has been a reduction in that job market by 20,700 in the last 12 months.

IT job market improves - hiring up

Prior Months IT Job Market Changes Adjustments.

Major adjustments to the number of IT jobs created were made by the BLS for the prior two months.

IT job market improves - hiring up

Labor Force Participation

The work force participation percentage of all employees (male and female) is 62.7%. There still are 96,743,000 (unadjusted) people who are not in the labor force.  

Work Force Participation

The Labor Force Participation percentage has stabilized at one of it lowest points in the last 50 years.

Labor Force Participation rate stabilized at lowest level in the last 50 years

There are rumblings that a recession is just beyond the horizon are getting louder. Reasons why people are not in the labor force are varied.


US National Employment

The US National unemployment rate has fallen from its peak levels in 2012 to the current levels.   However this needs to be tempered with the fact that the labor market participation rate remains at the lowest it has been in over 30 years.

US unemployment rates

Since the change of administrations, job growth seems to be on an upward trend. In 2017 IT job growth has been positive 11 out of 12 months. The only down month can be attributed to hurricanes and massive brush fires.

Initial number of new jobs reported


State Unemployment

The National unemployment data provides a measure of the health of the over-all labor market.   A more granular metric is one that considers local condition - i.e. state and local unemployment.  

High unemployment states June and AApril 2017

In December of 2017 there were 4 states with an unemployment rate of over 5.5%. That is one more than in the prior month.

High unemployment states April 2017

States with the Lowest Unemployment -- Full Employment States

Several states have very low unemployment rates.   In December there were 23 states that we considered high unemployment states.

Full employment states July 2016

States with low unemployment rates

US Federal Government Compensation Cap

US Federal Regulations set limits on how much companies can get reimbursed for the salaries they compensate their management. Companies can pay more, but cannot charge the government for the amounts paid above the limit. For many years, the caps only applied to the top 5 executives, but the rule changed in December 2011, and now the cap applies to all employees, not just the top 5 executives.

Federal Govement Compensation Cap

H-1B Visas

Offshore outsourcing companies continued to make up the majority of the top H-1B visa applications according to new government data. These offshore firms have been adding employees by the thousands as their revenues increase. Infosys (India based) led the list in 2014 with 23,759  visa applications with a median salary for those positions $72,254, edging out Tata (India based) which had 14,098 visa requests-with a median salary for those positions $66,600.  

Both of those salaries were well below the median salary ($81,583 in 2014) for IT potions.  The overall median salary for the top 30 enterprises that filed for H-1B visas was $77,027.

H-1B Visas


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