12,200 IT jobs added in September

Almost 18,000 IT jobs were added in the last two months

Park City – UT– e-janco.com– Initially over 105,000  IT pros lost their jobs due to COVID shutdowns. By the 12/31 the number of IT jobs lost will be reduced to 62,500. Many of the CIOs and CFOs interviewed by Janco in the past few weeks feel that with the existing pace of re-openings, secondary shutdowns, civil unrest, and the election, normal IT hiring will not resume until late in the fourth quarter of this year, if not early 2021. Janco currently forecasts the recovery of the IT job market will not be until the second quarter of 2021.

The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “We have found that a number of companies have already shuttered their doors or are expanding layoffs that are impacting the IT job market. This includes the airline and travel industries that are now starting lay-offs. As a result, IT professionals working for those companies are looking for new employment opportunities. IT hiring will remain soft but improving slightly until after the election, when the public feels they can go back to a normal life, and more companies open their doors. Hindering recovery is the continued civil unrest, which is slowing confidence by the public, which in turn impacts corporate confidence.”  The CEO added, “In trouble cities, like Portland, companies are rethinking operations there all together. Also, many major companies are resuming existing operations slowly, but are holding back on any expansion until after the election.”

YTD IT Job Market growth

Janulaitis said, “On the bright side, for the second time since the start of pandemic there was a net gain in the number of IT jobs. This despite the fact the BLS provided revised number downward for jobs lost by IT professionals by 2,600 for July and August. There is a net loss of jobs in the last 12 months coming from Computer Systems Design / Related Services and Telecommunications – 44,200 and 25,600, respectively.”

IT Job Market Size Adjustments - Prior Two Months

BLS IT Job Market Adjustments


Before adjustments
IT job market status before BLS adjustments
After Adjustments
IT job market status after BLS adjustments


IT Hiring Slows

IT Job Market growth 2017 thru 2023

Change in IT job market size - Number of  jobs created or lost for IT Pros
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Note - data includes the adjustments by the BLS to the initially reported data.


The CEO also said, “Spending for IT products and services has all but stopped as companies reevaluate the state of the economy globally as new waves of selected shutdowns occur. With more companies adopting WFH to address “social distancing” and avoiding in-office contacts, fewer companies are taking an aggressive approach to any additional spending for IT products and services. The IT job market is recovering more slowly than anticipated."

Current IT Hiring Plans - IT Job Hiring Stalls

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.

IT Job Market Flat for FY 2024

There now are approximately 129K 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 10,000 new jobs added.

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 May 2024

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.