COVID-19 Costs 102,300 IT Pros jobs

COVID-19 has halted almost all hiring of IT Pros

Over 102,300  IT pros lost their jobs in April. For the year there is a reduction of the IT job market of 81,700 jobs. Janco has reduced its forecast for overall IT job market growth to just over 40,000 for 2020. Most of the CIOs and CFOs interviewed by Janco in the past few weeks feel that with the reopening of the US, IT hiring will resume by the end of the year.

IT Job Market will have modest growth in CY 2024

There now are approximately 147K unemployed IT Professionals. The IT job market shrank by over 48,600 jobs in CY 2023. Overall that is a flattening of the long term growth rate pattern of IT job market. However, based on our data and forcast models, there will be modest growth in the IT Job Market of just under 22,900 new jobs added in the calandar year 2024.

IT Job Market Forecast

IT Pros unemployed

Number of Open Jobs for IT Prosa
Data complied and forecast updated by Janco Associates with data as of June 2024

The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “IT Pros who do not have a job are finding it difficult to even find contract work. Until the public begins to feel they can go back to a normal lifestyle and companies open their doors, IT hiring will be non-existent. Many companies are directing IT functions to facilitate the support of non-IT professional with new and enhanced internet driven applications for telecommuters.” He added, “The demand for contractor help in this effort was high initially, but now is non-existent. All of this has put IT professionals the same state as the rest of the labor market.”

Change In IT Job Market Size - June 2024

Net Change in the number of IT Jobs

28,600 IT Jobs have been added in the last 12 months and 12,800 jobs were lost in the last 3 months.

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Janulaitis said, “Software companies are advancing new releases without being encumbered with the ‘overhead’ and inefficiencies associated with traditional office development environment. Developers are now focused on solutions and getting new releases of applications implemented. That approach could be the spark that drives a wave of growth of IT jobs over the two or three quarters.”

The CEO added, “…In a series of conference calls with C-Level executives, hiring has stopped. The use of video conferencing has reached record highs. The days of when people used to travel for remote meetings will be reduced as business go back to work and tele-meeting will be the new way that businesses operate.”

Current IT Hiring Plans - IT Job Hiring Stalls - 5.9% Unemployment Rate for IT Pros

Future IT Hiring Trends by CIOs

With the move towards Artificial Intelligence, the treat of an economic downturn, inflation, high energy cost, and the continued wars will continue dampen hiring for IT pros over the next few quarters. Subscribe to our Newsletter to get this information delivered to your inbox as soon as it is released. SUBSCRIBE

The total IT job market is now over 3.56 million positions within the US. The number of telecommunications positions continues to erode as more of the functions are impacted by AI.

IT Job Market Segmentation
The size of the Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services market has not grown as fast as the Computer systems design and related services portion of the overall IT Job Market


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.