Six-thousand new jobs were added in the management and technical consulting services alone, the report found.
While the unemployment rate in the United States remains stubbornly
high and the population becomes increasingly frustrated with the lack
of job opportunities-the month of August saw no gains in the job market
and there was a rise in "discouraged workers"--professionals in the IT
space fared better, with 13,700 more jobs added in the technical
services segment, the largest monthly increase since April 2011.
In a continuing trend of the shifting of the more traditional
infrastructure-type IT hiring to the services industries by employers
who are choosing to source more of these jobs externally, 6,000 new
jobs were added in the management and technical consulting services and
another 7,700 jobs in the computer systems design and related services
employment segments in August-2,200 more than in July---for a total of
122,700 added in these segments over the past 12 months (70,800 in last
Employment numbers released Sept. 2 by the Department of Labor-s
Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revealed a net gain of 13,700 IT
services sector jobs in August, representing the 15th consecutive month
of positive job growth in these job segments in federal employment
data. Overall, nonfarm payroll employment was unchanged last month and
the national unemployment rate held at 9.1 percent.
"The trend of employers no longer wishing to employ large numbers of
their own full-timers in what are mostly pure technology IT jobs has
been building steam over a very long period of time," said David Foote,
CEO at IT analyst firm Foote Partners that publishes national labor
trend research. "It-s not something that just began with the popularity
of cloud computing, managed services and this new wave of domestic
outsourcing, although certainly the widespread acceptance these
alternatives sources for skills has been a big factor in the
acceleration of what we-ve been witnessing in the federal employment
reports over the past several months."
Meanwhile 47,300 jobs were lost in the two other IT-related jobs
segments, telecommunications and data processing, hosting and related
services, which the Foote report called an "aberration" caused by a
labor strike in the telecommunications industry that removed 45,000
worker from company payrolls during the August survey reference period.
This is in contrast to an average monthly loss of 2,483 jobs in these
segments in the prior six months (2,708 monthly losses over prior 12
"At this point I don-t think anyone should be surprised that skills
acquisition, not recruiting full time people, has been the bigger focus
in the past few years for employers managing IT resources. Much of this
acquisition has been accomplished by farming work out to consultants
and contractors, to part time employees, offshore vendors and to
managed services and cloud computing suppliers," Foote explained. "As a
result, the revenue growth numbers in the services industries have been
strong and the forecasts for continued expansion equally robust."