As has been the recent history with the BLS labor data, the prior months (February 2011) seasonally adjusted net gain of jobs was reduced from 2,600 to 2,300.
The CEO of Janco, Victor Janulaitis said, “While the report that was published paints a much more positive picture, the data for the IT sector shows continued stress in Telecommunications with a loss of 43,400 jobs in the past twelve months which is countered with a growth of 57,300 in Computer System Design and 11,500 jobs in Information Services.” He added, “The jobs picture has improved, however the impact of the recent disaster in Japan has not been factored in as of yet. As supplies of critical parts manufactured in Japan dwindle there is the potential for a significant adverse impact on the overall economic conditions that drive IT employment.”
Based on this data and interviews that Janco has conducted, the CEO said they predict there will be more churn in IT staff as CIOs accelerate their move to more flexible staffing models. Janulaitis added, “CIOs are outsourcing more technical work, including managed IP services such as VoIP and VPNs. They are hiring more contractors for desktop and security services, and they are putting more applications such as remote backup in the cloud. At the same time, they are looking to hire IT people with business and analytical skills, such as risk management and project management. “
Janco has found that despite recent economic reports that show jobless claims have been down for several consecutive weeks, employees reveal mixed feelings about what is in store at their employer, for the overall job market and for their pay check in the year ahead, according to the fourth-quarter employment confidence survey of 2,118 U.S. adults.
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Janco is a consulting firm that publishes the IT Salary Survey, Browser Market Data, and the organizational and IT Infrastructure HandiGuide® series of books.