Still Plenty of Entry-Level IT Jobs Going Begging
The average number of open IT service and support positions in American companies has more than tripled since 1999, according to new research from CompTIA.In spite of the sour economy and the highest unemployment rate in four years, the average number of open IT service and support positions in American companies has more than tripled since 1999, according to new research from the Computing Technology Industry Association, a non-profit trade association. The study, "The Ongoing Crisis in IT Management," was conducted between May and Junewhich actually may have a lot to do with the robust numbers, experts say. "People were more optimistic that the economy would turn around," noted Barb Gomolski, an analyst at Gartner Inc., in Fallbrook, Calif. "People were still spending a lot on e-business, putting in new systems. Obviously thats been halted, to a varying extent, based on the industry and the company."
CompTIA polled CIOs and managers at companies with sales of $20 million or more. The research found that the average number of unfilled IT service and support positions at a given company is 2.1, with an average IT department size of 25.6. That compares with an average of 0.6 open positions in average departments of 20.2 people in 1999.