Companies Will Keep Doing More IT with Less Staff: Report
The technology hiring picture shows tiny growth as companies patiently await skilled job candidates. The operative word in -cautious optimism' is still caution when it comes to filling IT positions.There are some unfortunate facts about the technology jobs picture right now, and while technology opportunities do exist, headcounts for IT in 2010 are not growing appreciably, according to research from technology analysts at Gartner. The Stamford, Conn.-based researchers found the rate of increase in headcount for the year is just over 6 percent, based on a survey it conducted of 358 U.S. companies from March 2009 to February 2010. Cost containment-the mantra of 2009-appears to still have a place in 2010 hiring practices despite marked increases in projects attached to revenue driving.
"These survey results continue to show a slow job market with organizations being cautious about increasing staff levels, leading to fewer new hires and more vacancies left unfilled," said Lily Mok, vice president at Gartner, in a Sept. 2 statement. "While we expect hiring activities to slowly pick up over the next 12 to 18 months as market conditions improve, we think it is unlikely that many IT organizations will return to their pre-recession staffing levels."