IT Job Market grows by 13,500 in the last 3 months

IT job market continues to stagnate in February as CIOs are reluctant to hire new employees in a slow growing economy


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.

IT Job Market grows by 13,500 in the last 3 months - The overall unemployment rate rose slightly to 6.7% and the job market participation rate remained at 63%. There was an increase of 5,000 new IT jobs in February as measured by the BLS data that was just reported. In the last 3 months 13,500 IT jobs were added and in the last 12 months 78,400 jobs were added. The CEO of Janco Associates, Mr. Victor Janulaitis said, "The employment data for IT professionals is not as bad as it has been. Some new jobs are been created. However they are in selected technical areas like security and BYOD support. "  Janulaitis added, "Based on interviews of 96 CIOs in the last two weeks, we see that CIOs have become more a little less cautious as they think that perhaps by the 2nd or 3rd quarters of this year that they may expand their staffs some. The CEO added, "Even with that glimmer of hope, IT Pros are continuing to feel the brunt of the hiring slow down as the average salaries they command are 'easy targets'  for those trying to contain costs. "  In Janco January 2014 IT salary survey we found that the average compensation for all IT Professionals is $79,289 without the cost of major benefits like health insurance and company contribution to 401Ks. "

12 Month IT Job Market Employment Changes

Historic IT Job Market Size - 4.2 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 February 2024.

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Changes in the number of net IT Jobs created or lost

In the last three (3) month the IT Job market shrank by 24,600 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.

From a review of the latest BLS data, Janco has found that there was a net increase of 13,500 jobs in the last three months. The three month moving average shows a slight uptick in the number of jobs added due to a positive revision in the of jobs added in January from a loss of 1,400 jobs to a gain of 3,400 - a 4,800 swing.

The labor market participation rate remains at a 30 year low of 63%. There are 3,300,000 fewer individuals working than in 2007. The CEO said, "The over-all labor participation rate continues to be lower this year than and other prior year. This alone will make it a very difficult process and does not bode well for IT expansion and hiring. "

labor participation rate
IT job market expansion and hiring

Health Care vs. Financial Services Job Growth

The health care job market continues to be a bright spot on the overall US labor market and is one area where IT Pros can go with the flow and find job opportunities. The implementation of Electronic Patient Records is one of the driving forces in the increased opportunities in this area. The chart below depicts the total labor market in this sector.

Healthcare job market