Proceed with caution seems to be excellent advice. Again, your article brings very good news to the technology sector. An 8% hiring growth in IT represents confidence from companies to add jobs rather downsize or even stay with the status quo. I am crious if you happen to know what type of hit the IT market has taken over the past couple of years. Where does the 8% increase bring it to? Are they even close to staffing levels prior to the recession?
Good questions, eemom. It looks like the IT employment rate may hit parity with pre-recession levels. Back in the summer, a hiring report put IT jobs at just below 2008 levels. This may not be an apples-to-apples comparison, (the prior report wasn't done by KPMG) but a quick scan of available information indicates IT has made up for lost ground.
I'll post any updates that come along in the meantime.
I think that is a more telling statistic than just the 8% growth. The economy needs to start recovery back to before recession numbers and then grow from there. We are not there with overall unemployment at 10%. If the IT sector is slated for recovery to prior to recession numbers then we are on the right track.
Another thing to factor in the nature of the hiring. For example, someone I know was working as a consultant for the past several months. The company where he was placed extended an offer to hire him -- at a pay cut of about 25%. They claim the benefits are worth more than the paycut, but that is, certainly, debatable. In any case, the point is that this counts as hiring, but the person was actually already doing work for the same company; only he was technically employed by the consulting company at a higher pay rate.
If I were to give my opinion on the case of the person you mentioned, I would say that the company took good advantage of the high rate of unemployment and the fear to become unemployed if, despite a 25% pay-cut, the offer was not accepted.
Renewing his contract would have been more appropriate. If the company didn't want to pay more at least they could have kept the same steady salary.
What is the effect this produces in the performance of the employee? I guess not a good one. Where is the motivation? Where is the incentive?
Yes, the nature of the hiring is also important and should count before coming up with conclusions.
Susan, fear of the consequences of walking away from a job offer -- even at a substantial pay cut -- is what the place is banking on. They can be pretty confident that a person will not say no to any full time job when so many are still unemployed. The best such people can hope for is that the economy will eventually turn around enough to allow them to seek jobs with better compensation. At this point, the salaries offered even to highly experienced people are around the level of what was offered to people with just a couple of years of experience over 10 years ago. And the cost of living has gone up quite a bit since then.
I do agree with you that the permanent position is more beneficial for the company as well as for the employee if they wish to have a secure job. The contract jobs are becoming difficult to get since the number of people who are ready to work with the less compensation in the same technology are available. The trend of contract jobs where particular skill is really a great advantage id not any more valid since the growth of the market with the existing software is really fast compared to any software technologies that are in development stage.
Not surprised to hear that there's a lot of IT hiring activity specifically in the healthcare sector.
As we finally start to move to electronic medical records and a more modernized healthcare infrastructure in general -- combined with the obvious increasing demand for healthcare services due to the aging population of boomers -- well, there's a lot of work that needs to be done.
IT can solve many of the industry's existing problems. Potentially, IT can help provide more accurate and faster service to patients while at the same time decreasing costs for providers and insurers.
There is just so much room for modernization and improvement of how information is currently managed basically across the board.
Barbara, you are absolutely right. After the bad time of recession, markets are picking up in almost all sectors. Recession very badly affected in technology sector especially the IT. Due to this many of the companies had gone for lay down situation and in major case they forced the employees to quit the job or work in shifts. Now the markets are up and showing a positive signs of recovery and hence as a part of expansion the recruitment is also happens in mass drive. As per the latest global IT survey the It Sector Companies may needs up to 35% of the existing man power, in order to cater the demands. The same driving force is happening in almost all sectors.
DennisQ, am totally agreeing with you. Health care is the only field where recession or any other type of slow down process can least affect. Have you ever though, why recessions are not affecting the health care sector. When we are looking globally, population is increasing 1-5 percentage every year. In the polluted environment human beings are more prone to diseases and of course treatment is necessary. Day by day, more new diseases and symptoms are finding out; even without able to treat properly. Many techies, who are doing white collar jobs, are more prone with diseases like diabetics, cholesterol, blood pressure and allied diseases due to the sedentary life style. So the requirements of more medical professionals are high.
Funny part- During recession, many techies had lost their job and forced them to live in a very uncomfortable situation. This made majority of them to undergone different types of stress, tension, depression etc. To overcome or recover from such medical situations, they had approached doctors and hospitals for different types of treatment, which in turn made their demand high. So finally Health care is the only field gained from recession
Happy to hear good news on jobs crisis; maybe another field on which IT could help in recovering work is "green tech". Heard several VCs abroad are providings with funds some startups to address and develop the topics, it isn't?
Sure Alex. As per the correlation growth studies between IT and other technology, IT and civil are the two fields, where growth and employment potential are more visible. But it doesn’t mean that these are the only fields, where recruitment is happening. Since these two fields are more co related and interacted with our daily life, we are updating it regularly. If we have a close watch to the market or industry, we can find the same growth level is happening in other technology field also, but the rate of growth is not at par with IT sector. Why the growth rate is less in other technology? If we are able to analyze their market contribution, we can have the answer too.
That is, if market contribution is less, then requirement of man power is also less, which in turn needs only a low recruitment. For IT, the market contribution is high, so recruitment is also happening in mass drive. At the same time recruitment is happening in other sectors too, but in proportional to their market contribution or share.
Yes Alex, now days IT is associated with almost all field of technology sector. That means IT applications are enabled in all high tech areas and we call it as the core engineering technology. So when a recruitment drive is happening in IT sector, the major portions go to application side of IT and the minor portion goes to core engineering group. Because the requirement for core engineering side is very less, when compare with the application development sector. More over in core engineering side, one should possess a very high skilled knowledge along with the domain knowledge. That’s why even during the recession period, the core IT employees survived. So they are always hot in the job market.
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