27,800 IT jobs added to the IT job market in since August according to Janco

12,700 IT jobs were added in October as the recovery continues

Park City – UT– e-janco.com – The COVID shutdown in the first quarter cost  over 105,000  IT professionals their jobs. Recovery has been slow and Janco’s forecast for total jobs lost by IT Pros will still be 65,100 by the end of the fourth quarter -- even with a robust re-opening. CIOs and CFOs interviewed by Janco are now concerned that a second shutdown will cripple the IT job market further.

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The CEO of Janco Associates, Inc., Mr. M. Victor Janulaitis said, “The primary cause of many job losses for IT professionals was centered on the 7.5 million small to mid-sized business impacted by the shutdown. Historical data show that between 60% to 75% of SMBs close their doors for ever after event that causes an extended closure like a disaster. In addition, many chain stores have already announced they will be closing their doors or reducing operations including GNC – 1,200 stores, Pier One – all locations, Sage – all retail locations, Men’s Warehouse/Jos. A Banks – 500 stores, New York & Co. – all operations; Game Shop – reducing operations, Signet Jewelers (Kay) - reducing operations, Stein Mart – going out of business, Bed Bath &Beyond  - reducing number of stores, AT&T – reducing retail operations, Victoria’s Secret – over 1,000 retail locations shuttered, and Chico’s moving away from “brick in mortar” to on-line operations with Amazon.” He added,” Those are only few of the companies that no longer have need for as many IT professionals.” 

Janulaitis said,” There also has been shrinkage in the number of IT Professionals classified as working for ‘Data Processing, Hosting and Related Services’. Those positions now are only 9% of the total IT Job Market where they were 10% pre-COVID.”

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.

IT Job Market Growth Forecast
Latest YTD IT job market data - IT job Market Growth in Q1 2024 out performed Q1 2023 and the start of Q2. Note - In the current reporting period the BLS has reduced the number of jobs create by 14,100 and reported a growth of only 400 jobs. The adjustments make the number of jobs created in May insignificant at best and significantly over stated at worst.

Janulaitis said, “On the bright side, for the third month since the start of pandemic there was a net gain in the number of IT jobs. This despite the fact the BLS revised the number of jobs downward for IT professionals by 2,800 for August and September.” The CEO added, “There was a net loss of jobs in the last 12 months coming from Computer Systems Design / Related Services and Telecommunications – 34,9200 and 34,500, respectively.”

The CEO also said, “Spending for IT products and services continues to be halted 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. It does not help that the election results point to more shutdowns and Congress not having a relief package in site.”

Unemployment Rate 4.7% - Higher than the National Unemployment Rate

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Impact on the IT Job Market

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.