CIOs are saying hiring is limited to replacement of critical staff - new positions are almost nonexistent…
The latest BLS data shows a slowing in the rate of job creation in the IT job market. The CEO of Janco Associates, MV Janulaitis said, "According to BLS there were only 5,400 jobs created for IT professionals - down from 9,800 created in January. The impact of "sequester" has been felt by many. At the same time more people continue to leave the job market even as the published unemployment rate falls. "
The CEO added, "When we looked at the number of IT pros employed and compared that with our own independent survey of 97 CIOs in North America and conclude that the hiring has come to a standstill with only 12% of the CIOs that we interviewed are looking to expand the size of their IT departments. We are seeing greater demand for mid-level security and compliance managers to assist with the implementations for more 'web-enabled' applications and security professionals. "
Janco's says, "For the first time since the dot com bust Janco's metrics show that hiring by CIOs is at a standstill - there is a high degree of uncertainty in the economic climate…"
The CEO said, "Janco continues to be concerned that the data shows the labor market participation rate remains at record low levels. Also with "sequester" there is a possibility that the recovery will falter and job growth could slow. The macro trend for labor participation the lowest since 1979 still is down and the true unemployment rate would be over 11% if those who have dropped out of the labor market. " The CEO expanded with the following caveat, "The year to year comparison of workforce participation shows how deep a hole we are in. Until those percentages turn around, the overall recovery will be weak at best. If that is the case, then there is a strong possibility that IT demand will be dampened, and overall IT job market size could fall back to the levels of 2010 and 2011. "
In a continuing survey of CIOs, Janco has found many CIOs have turned to be more cautious in the last month. The CEO of Janco said, "In telephone interviews in late March of 97 US based CIOs we found that many companies are uncertain of which way the economy is going with sequester, tax increases, and unstable world political situation. CIOs continue to closely manage their overall FTE (full time equivalent) head counts level and adding staff for critical new developments. " He added, "The number of CIOs who are bullish has declined. "
Health Care vs. Financial Services Job Growth
The health care job market continues to be a bright spot on the overall US labor market and is one area where IT Pros can go with the flow and find job opportunities. The implementation of Electronic Patient Records is one of the driving forces in the increased opportunities in this area. The chart below depicts the total labor market in this sector.