Analysts Find 2010 IT Hiring Picture to Be Meager
Analysts dissecting the technology hiring picture in 2010 see little growth and a lot of movement to rent or lease talent rather than hand out full-time salaries and benefits. Some see 2011 in the same light: Plenty of work and business for contractors, consultants and managed service providers.With the last month of the year in full swing and November hiring numbers flat, analysts watching the five segments of technology jobs as categorized by the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics find 2010 as a year of flat hiring rather than growth. "There has been a slight increase in employment numbers in system design and IT services and other information services," said M.V. Janulaitis, CEO of technology consulting firm Janco Associates, in a statement. "This has not been enough to absorb the displaced employees from prior periods nor address the issue of recent entrants into the IT job market who cannot find work."
In terms of numbers, November saw a hiring gain between 4,400 and 4,800 technology-related jobs--a step down from October which saw the largest job gains of the year with more than 12,000 hires. Most of 2010 experienced technology job gains, but these gains were offset by a few key months of job loss, including March, which saw a decline of 6,800.