With every hiring report that hits the market, there are several takeaways that highlight the positive and negative aspects of the current landscape. The latest IT channel labor studies are no different.
ComputerWorld gathered the results of several IT staffing reports. According to a recent TechServe Alliance study, total tech employment reached 4.47 million in June, which is an increase of 22,600 from the previous month.
IT research company Foote Partners found similar numbers, reporting that 18,200 tech jobs were added in June. It added that the U.S. economy is averaging 13,500 new technology jobs per month so far this year.
"While the pace of job creation in the national labor force appears stuck at 7.6 percent unemployment and new jobs are heavily in part-time positions and low wage full-time segments, IT jobs have been on a sustained growth upswing and wages are holding steady if not growing slightly," David Foote, chief analyst at Foote Partners, told the news source.
However, there is another side of the coin. Despite rising demand in the IT channel, there is also an increase in layoffs in the computer, electronics and telecommunications industries, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. study. The research reports that nearly 20,500 jobs were cut in the second quarter of 2013, which is an increase of 144 percent over the first quarter of the fiscal year.
There is no denying that the IT hiring market can be volatile. That doesn't take away from the fact that the need for impactful talent is on the rise and companies need to find a way to meet technology challenges. Solution providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing can become vital resources for any company.