The job market has been inconsistent at best over the past couple of years, but growth in the IT sector has helped fuel a successful run this year. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country added 321,000 jobs in November. It was the 10th consecutive month of at least 200,000 new jobs, and it appears IT is growing concurrently with the overall economy.
According to numbers from Janco Associates Inc., the IT sector added 12,700 jobs last month. That's a significant gain over October, when the IT sector added 9,500 jobs. So far, 105,000 IT jobs have been added in 2014. Last year only 68,500 IT jobs were added through November. The positive numbers this year paint a positive picture for the IT industry as a whole, a sentiment shared by Janco Associates CEO M.V. Janulaitis.
"In our professional opinion, the recovery is well under way for IT pros," Janulaitis said in a prepared statement. "Hiring is across the board, as many CIOs have been given the green light to start hiring."
One could argue that this surge in IT hiring has been driven by increased need. More organizations are facing technology-related challenges and are tasked with improving IT operational efficiency and strengthening IT security. Filling the positions required to meet these needs only truly helps these organizations if they find the right people to handle related responsibilities, and given the news of a recent IT skills gap, particularly in the security realm, finding the right people may be difficult.
VARs and MSPs can benefit from this by offering their services to meet growing IT needs. VAR Staffing can assist those organizations by identifying and recruiting candidates with the skills and knowledge needed to help their clients.