Worst is over for IT Pros - 6,900 IT jobs added in August
Number IT Job Market will be 64,600 smaller at the end of 2020 than 2019
Park City – UT– www.e-janco.com – Initially over 105,000 IT pros lost their jobs due to COVID shutdowns. By the 12/31 the number of IT jobs lost will be 64,600. In addition, with the second wave of the pandemic forcing more shutdown and slowing IT hiring. Many of the CIOs and CFOs interviewed by Janco in the past few weeks feel that with the existing pace of re-openings, secondary shutdowns, civil unrest, and the election, normal IT hiring will not resume until late in the fourth quarter of this year, if not early 2021. Janco currently forecasts the recovery of the IT job market will not be until the second quarter of 2021.
The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “We have found that a number of companies have already shuttered their doors or are expanding layoffs that are impacting the IT job market. This includes the airline and travel industries that are now starting lay-offs. As a result, IT professionals working for those companies are looking for new employment opportunities. IT hiring will remain soft but improving slightly until after the election, when the public feels they can go back to a normal life, and more companies open their doors. Hindering recovery is the continued civil unrest, which is slowing confidence by the public, which in turn impacts corporate confidence.” The CEO added, “In trouble cities, like Portland, companies are rethinking operations there all together. Also, many major companies are resuming existing operations slowly, but are holding back on any expansion until after the election.”
Janulaitis said, “On the bright side, for the first time in six months there was a net gain in the number of IT jobs. Also, the BLS provided revised number downward for jobs lost by IT professionals by 4,400 for July. However, there still is a net loss of jobs in the last 12 months coming from Computer Systems Design/Related Services and Telecommunications – 55,700 and 26,100, respectively.”
BLS adjustments to the size of the IT Job Market after the initial report - added 17,300 jobs to prior reported
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The CEO also said, “Spending for IT products and services has all but stopped as companies reevaluate the state of the economy globally as new waves of selected shutdowns occur. With more companies adopting WFH to address “social distancing” and avoiding in-office contacts, fewer companies are taking an aggressive approach to any additional spending for IT products and services. It does not help that the US Congress and the President are at a stalemate on pandemic relief.”
Current IT Hiring Plans
Even though many SMBs have closed their doors permanently resulting in a net loss in the number of IT professionals working, the employment picture for IT Pros is brightening as more enterprises get back to normal operations.
Growth of IT Job Market (updated)
In 2019 90,200 new IT jobs were created. As a result of Covid-19 33,200 were lost in 2020.
Data complied and forecast updated by Janco Associates with data as of June 2021
Janco is an international consulting firm that follows issues that concern CIOs and CFOs. The firm publishes a series of IT and business Infrastructure HandiGuides® and Templates including IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Template, Security Template, IT Job Descriptions, and its semi-annual IT Salary Survey.