Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Number of IT Jobs Remains Low

That's new jobs, not overall jobs. It's kind of a supply and demand thing, as the volume of IT jobs remains rather stagnant. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of people working in IT though. IT is still one of the higher employed job functions right now, but overall unemployment is at a four year high nationally. So if you work in IT and you see the doom and gloom surrounding the jobs reports right now, you probably feel like you should stay put instead of looking at new opportunities. The effect of this is that there are fewer IT jobs coming available as those positions are not turning over. Add that to employers approving fewer jobs overall, including IT, and the result is simply not very many IT jobs to pursue right now. So although the number if IT jobs is down, the number if IT applicants is down as well. As this article mentions, most workers feel this is a bad time to be looking for a good job, and over 90% of workers are still satisfied with their jobs. Reinforcing the theory that the people that are working are not looking to make a change. This will not improve until consumer confidence increases.

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