IT job market growth slow for the first 3 quarters

The first 10 months of 2017 IT job market growth is 44,200 jobs behind 2016 growth rate.

Park City UT Janc Associates IT job market growth slow for the first 3 quarters - Janco has just completed its analysis of the October BLS employment data on the IT job market. The IT Job market has been impacted by the devastating effect of multiple hurricanes and fires and the feeling by many C-Level executives that tax reform may not occur this year. The CEO of Janco, Mr. M.V. Janulaitis said, "We have adjusted downward our forecast for IT job market growth for this year. Our forecast is that IT job market growth for 2017 will be the lowest it has been in the last four years with just over 34K new IT jobs created. "

IT Job Market Growth Forecast November 2017

YTD IT Job Market Growth November 2017

The CEO added, "In the last 3 months only 9,000 jobs have been added to the IT job market. Based on our conversations with scores of CIOs, CFOs, and CEOs; the slowing is due to the impact of "events" which have placed a focus on maintaining continual operations versus new technology and application deployment. As a result, we forecast that the overall IT Job market will see only 12,000 new jobs added in the last two months of 2017. This equates to the creation of 34,300 new IT jobs in 2017. "

Mr. Janulaitis said, "Our analysis shows non-IT based companies are keeping IT staffing levels flat. However, software and hardware organizations are actively recruiting. We have seen a rise in hiring for start-ups and venture capital funded firms. For example, there seem to be more startups in the mountain regions states of Utah and Colorado - signifying a move away from high-cost metro areas like the SF Bay to more employee friendly locations like Salt Lake City and Denver." Janulaitis said, "As we reported, previously, there continues to be a shrinking of telecommunication jobs due to mergers, layoffs, and automation. The jobs in that field have been automated are permanently lost - that is a loss of over 27,000 jobs in the last 12 months. On the positive side, individuals who moved into telecommunications security seem to be in high demand."

Change in  IT Job Market Size November 2017

Janco interviewed 91 CIOs, CFOs, and CEOs in the last several weeks as part of it's IT Salary Survey process ( ). Janco's CEO said, "Hiring optimism has waned with all of the major events from hurricanes, Las Vegas, and fires impacting overall perceptions." He added, "Budgets for the new year are still in flux as the impact of the proposed tax program is not understood yet. If the tax plan to repatriate offshore profits is passed that could be a boon for the IT job market."

Changes in the number of net IT Jobs created or lost

In the last three (3) month the IT Job market shrank by 9,400 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.

More information can be found on Janco's analysis of overall labor picture and the IT job market on Janco's website at

Janco is an international consulting firm that follows issues that concern CIOs and CFOs. The firm publishes a series of IT and business Infrastructure HandiGuides® and Templates including IT Infrastructure Policies and Procedures, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Template, Security Template, IT Job Descriptions, and its semi-annual IT Salary Survey.