Is IT Hiring Slowing Down?

Analysts are offering starkly different views of information technology hiring that range from still healthy to troubling, according to a recent Computerworld article.

The Labor Department announced the U.S. overall added only 69,000 net new jobs in May. But there’s no consensus on how IT employment fared last month because of the different ways analysts examine government labor data.

TechServe Alliance, an industry group that tracks IT employment month to month, offered an optimistic view of IT employment in May. The group said IT employment increased by 15,500 jobs during the month, putting IT employment nationally at 4.179 million jobs, a new high and 2.71 percent more than a year earlier.

But David Foote, the CEO of Foote Partners, a consultancy specializing in IT employment, estimates the BLS IT labor categories represent only about one-fifth of all of the people who work in IT.

Foote Partners counted a net gain of 5,200 jobs across four IT job segments in May. By the firm’s count, it was the third weak month in a row.

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