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IT hiring remains sluggish

The slight increase in IT jobs in November was not enough to absorb available workers.

The world may be going digital, but information technology expertise is still no guarantee of finding a job.

Total employment in I.T. increased only 0.17% in November seasonally adjusted, according to Janco Associates Inc. , a management consulting firm that focuses on information technology. Janco bases its report on data from the December 2010 U.S. Department of Labor National Employment Report.

"There has been a slight increase in employment numbers in system design and I.T. services and other Information Services," Janco says in an analysis of the Labor Department statistics. "This has not been enough to absorb the displaced employees from prior periods nor address the issue of recent entrants into the I.T. job market who cannot find work. "

Total I.T. employment, seasonally adjusted, reached 2,781,200 in November, up less than 0.1% from October and 0.17% from 2,776,400 from November 2009.

Here are Janco's I.T. employment figures broken down into four sectors, with seasonally adjusted November 2010 jobs in each category in thousands followed by percentage change from November 2009:

  • Telecommunications: 920.6, -4.24%
  • Data processing, hosting and related services: 245.1, -1.29%
  • Other information services, 142.2, 5.02%
  • Computer systems design and related services, 1473.3, 2.93%

IT job market 2010

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Based on this data and interviews that Janco has conducted. Janco predicts there will be more churn in IT staffs as CIOs accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. CIOs are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. They are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud. At the same time, they are looking to hire IT people with business and analytical skills, such as risk management and project management. CIOs report that they're having trouble hiring IT people because either they can't find IT professionals with the right business skills or they can't afford them. All of this means more turnover in IT departments.

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