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IT Job DescriptionsCIOs are saying hiring is limited to replacement of critical staff - new positions are almost nonexistent…

IT Hiring Slows as CIOs are Directed to Move Cautiously - 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…"

Changes in the number of net IT Jobs created or lost

This chart is not the originally published one, rather it is updated with the current data based on the analysis by Janco Associates, Inc. For the latest IT Employment Data click here.

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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. "

Moving average of IT job market growth
A robust hiring trend for IT Professionals - the recovery is in full swing.

Labor Participation Rate in the low 60's
Covid-19 Impact US Labor Market

Improvement with partial re-opening
Impact of vaccine and re-openings is positive

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

99.823 million people in the U.S. are not working - see reasons why not working. Since the shutdown the labor force participation rate has fallen almost 2% points.

The latest data for more read on... Data points to robust hiring of IT Professionals with 54K jobs filled in the last 3 months.

Updated with Latest Data - Includes impact of recovery from reopening

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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.

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