As this blog reported earlier in the week, the IT job market has shown significant improvement this year, most recently in the November jobs report, where 12,700 jobs were added in the sector. This number comes from Janco Associates, a consulting firm that tracks IT hiring, and is slightly less than the figure from Foote Associates, an IT labor analyst and research firm. The latter says 17,300 jobs were added in November.
According to ComputerWorld, the difference between the two numbers comes from their varying analyses of the U.S. Department of Labor's monthly statistics. Either way, the article suggests that hiring is on the upswing in the IT sector, and it's a good time for individuals looking for a new job to seek employment.
"The end of the year is sometimes seen as an ideal time to find a new job. You pick up your year-end bonus, enjoy the holiday parties, and then plot your exit for something new. This year, the odds of success in the job hunt appear to be improving for IT professionals with certain skills," writes Patrick Thibodeau, the article's author.
The hiring upswing is a positive sign for individuals, but businesses must ensure that there are enough qualified candidates to fill their positions of need. While VARs and MSPs may see extra work as a result of increased need for IT skills, they must ensure they find the right talent to help their clients. VAR Staffing can assist by identifying and recruiting those who are looking to break into the IT sector. This will help businesses ensure they are prepared to meet their technology needs in the new year.