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For IT job seekers, recession not over yet

Employment conditions have decayed over the summer

For IT job seekers, recession not over yet - Management consultancy and obsessive IT-hiring-and-salary tracker Janco Associates, Inc. reports that, for IT, the recession isn’t over yet, as if we hadn’t noticed.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows an overall drop of one-half of one percent in IT professions during September, compared to a year ago. Worst off are telecom workers, whose prospects dropped 5.18 percent and data processers and hosters, whose job market shrank 3 percent.

Janco attributes those drops to a continuing trend toward outsourcing.

Computer system design was up 2.54 percent, though “other information services,” a category that includes everything from internal help deskers to public-cloud integrators and salespeople, rose 6.32 percent.

The surveys aren’t done yet, but a newsletter on the BLS statistics said Janco’s own early data confirm deterioration of the job market over the summer and says the consensus among the execs it interviewed is that the recession is not over, no matter what the fed says, and that budgets for 2011 will probably take a big hit, following a boost in business that caused them to rise as much as five to eight percent.


IT Job Market Employment data

When Janco compared the total employment picture of the 3rd quarter of this year to the 2nd quarter, they found that the job market has deteriorated over the summer. In subsequent follow-up interviews, with CIOs and CEOs at a number of large firms, the consensus is that the recession is not over and that budgets for 2011, which had assumed a marked improvement in the economic climate, will need to be revisited and possibly reduced.

The Mid-Year 2010 IT Salary Survey, which was released in July, shows that hiring did pick up in some sectors of the IT job market, salaries had stopped falling, and for selected positions there has been an increase in compensation - especially for CIOs. The CEO of Janco, Victor Janulaitis stated, "Many now fear a second dip in the economy and are much more cautious and concerned that the recovery will not be strong enough to support increased IT spending. "

Summary Janco 12 month comparisons show the mean compensation (which includes bonuses) for all IT executive positions in large enterprises surveyed is $143,378 (a slight increase from $142,753) and $125,079 (a slight decrease from $126,031) in mid-sized enterprises. Overall compensation for all IT Professionals has shown a slight increase from $77,690 to $78,210; however the study shows that there was a 13% decrease in the number of employees receiving personal performance bonuses and a 7% decrease in those receiving enterprise based performance bonuses. Mr. Janulaitis said, "Bonuses are trailing indicators and should return as soon as the recovery takes hold. "

Janco now is finalizing its data collection for their next salary survey which is due to be published in January. Janco has captured IT compensation data since 1996 and publishes its IT Salary Survey semi-annually. The IT Salary Survey is based on Janco's IT professionals' compensation database. Compensation benchmark hiring and salary ranges are established for each position surveyed. In analyzing the study data, the upper and lower quartiles are eliminated to determine the benchmark ranges. The benchmark ranges are then used to assess the alignment of a company's actual compensation to the marketplace for each job function.

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