Need for IT security pros reaches record levels

Need for IT security pros reaches record levels - The need for IT security professionals is at an all-time high, it has been claimed.

A survey of 2,256 people training in computer security found that 96 percent are in full-time employment. This is despite an increased number of lay offs in the sector due to the current gloomy economic climate.

Salaries in the industry are also performing well with the average IT security specialist now taking home record salaries.

Updated with the latest IT Job Market statistics

Historic IT Job Market Growth Slows in CY 2024

Recent IT Job Market size

For current analysis of this data, go IT Job Market Size to see the historic job market growth trend data
Data as of end of the 1st Quarter of 2024

Richard Nealon, member of the (ISC) 2 board of directors, told Computer World UK: "We are seeing full employment and growth going forward. There need to be enough people coming into the industry to meet that growth. ”

Last month Janco’s IT salaries survey found that most companies in the United States see IT security as an area where greater staffing levels will be needed in the future and actively attempt to recruit programming professionals and internet specialists.

Changes in the number of net IT Jobs created or lost

In the last three (3) month the IT Job market grew by 2,800 jobs. This chart is not the originally published one, rather it is updated with the current data based on the analysis by Janco Associates, Inc. For the latest IT Employment Data click here.

One of the bright spots during the past few years has been government employment. That seems to be coming to an end with the proposed 2013 federal budget. The current administration proposed a decrease in federal IT spending in 2013, the budget calls for spending $78.8 billion, a 1.2 percent decrease from 2012.


Moving average of IT job market growth
Layoffs abound and there no longer is robust hiring trend for IT Professionals - the economy is slowing. However, there are a number of jobs unfilled by IT Pros. The primary culprit is the lack of qualified individuals to fill the open positions. In our opinion, the IT Job Market is currently at no growth!
Unfilled IT Jobs

IT Job Market Openings

The number of unfilled jobs trend line is down as the economy softens and CIOs and CFOs look to control costs and eliminate requisitions for positions that cannot be filled. There was a major pullback of the number of excess jobs for IT Pros - layoffs have impact on number of unfilled jobs available for IT Professionals.

Janco’s findings are validated by the latest BLS data which shows there was a net increase of IT jobs in January. All sectors of the IT job market showed an improvement - computer system design and related services accounted for 34,200 jobs, telecommunications 10,200 jobs, data processing hosting 2,200 jobs and other information services 900 jobs.

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NOTE: the table below is updated automatically with the latest IT salaries when a new salary survey is published. That happens every January and June. The historical data is available.

Latest Median IT Salaries

Latest Mean IT salaries
For the latest data go to the current IT Salary Survey

(Data below was added after this was initially published)

Lastest IT Job Market Size

Data below depicts the historical number of IT Job in four major BLS job classes: Telecommunication; Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services; Other Information Services; and Computer Systems Design and Related Services. It reflects the historical total of the number of IT jobs available to IT professionals.

Historic IT Job Market Size - 4.18 Million Employed as IT Pros

Historic IT Job Market Size

This is not the original data that was published.
It has been updated with data complied by Janco Associates with data as of April 2024.


For current information on the IT Job Market review Janco's IT Job Market and US National Employment data.