The IT jobs market has seen its fair share of highs and lows over the last year. However, with technology becoming more important, the landscape is growing stronger and the most recent stats support this fact.
According to the latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the IT job market has grown by 8,700 jobs in November, which puts the total number of jobs created in the sector in the last 12 months at 59,400.
Victor Janulaitis, the CEO of Janco Associates – an IT consulting firm – spoke about the latest hiring numbers in an article for Information Management. Citing an ongoing survey of several CIOs, Janulaitis said that despite the numbers, many decision-makers are cautious about overall hiring improvements.
The survey of 99 U.S.-based CIOs was conducted in November and if found that IT decision-makers are taking it slow because of the unsettled future with the looming tax increases, unsure economic landscape and the questionable political situation. Most of this can be linked to the fiscal cliff, which this blog has already reported on.
Janulaitis also reports that many IT Principals are planning to keep permanent placement jobs level while minimizing consultants and contractors until the future starts to play out.
"Few CIO's are looking to hire within the next 3 months," said Janulaitis. "These CIOs are looking for particular sets of skills to meet the demands of mobile computing and towards implementation processes which will support users to use their own personal devices – BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – to minimize capital expenditures and improve ROI."
Even with a cautious approach, IT Principals need to ensure they have reliable resources in their corner when needed. VARs and MSPs can be go-to solution providers when CIOs decide it is time to start spending again.