Job Board Sees Uptick in IT Listings

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-05-07 Print this article Print

The chronic drip-drip-drip of IT job losses has finally stabilized, said IT job board Dice Inc. President Scot Melland.

ARLINGTON, Va.--The chronic drip-drip-drip of IT job losses has finally stabilized, said IT job board Dice Inc. President Scot Melland, here at the Information Technology Association of Americas IT Workforce Convocation. Over the past four months, Dice has listed between 30,000 and 31,000 job openings. Thats not a lot, compared with the 100,000+ that the job board listed at the beginning of 2001, but its the first time over the past year that job-listing erosion on the site has halted and reversed. Indeed, 2001 was one steady slide down, to a low point of between 28,000 and 29,000 job listings in December, Melland said. "The big news is that its stabilized," said Melland. "Hiring is going on. Having 31,000 positions, and having those positions turn over frequently, shows that weve hit core technology demand, and we can grow from there."
The figures back up the optimism about future hiring evinced by IT hiring managers in the ITAAs IT work force study, released Monday and titled "Bouncing Back: Jobs, Skills and the Continuing Demand for IT Workers." (To read about the reports findings, see "IT Work Force Contracts.")
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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