IT Jobs Kick Off New Year Ticking Down

Alexandria, VA, February 26, 2020 – In January, IT employment ticked down 0.01% to 5,351,300 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by only 0.08% since January 2019 adding a mere 4,500 IT workers.

Engineering employment increased by 0.04 percent sequentially to 2,670,400. On a year-over-year basis, growth in engineering employment increased by 1.46% since January 2019 or 38,500 engineering workers.

I T Employment and Engineering Indices. Source: TechServe Alliance, Alexandria, VA

“IT employment growth is anemic,” observed Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “Even without factoring in global and domestic political uncertainty and the potential economic impact of the coronavirus, the ongoing talent shortage and restrictive immigration policies do not foster an environment conducive to meaningful IT job creation. Unfortunately, we do not see downward pressure on IT job growth abating in the foreseeable future,” added Roberts.

The following table presents information about the total number of jobs in certain sectors that provide a significant amount of employment for IT and engineering professionals.

Comparisons of TechServe Alliance's IT Employment Index to employment in some key sectors with significant numbers of IT jobs as well as to all non-farm jobs January 2020 TechServe Alliance IT Employment Index Computer systems and design services Management and technical consulting services Data processing, hosting and related services TechServe Alliance Engineering Employment Index Computer and electronic product manufacturing Professional and technical services Federal, State, and Local Government (excluding state and local schools and hospitals) Total non-farm jobs number of jobs 5,351,300 2,249,100 1,558,500 352,000 2,670,400 1,096,400 9,674,500 11,104,200 152,186,000 change from previous month - 0.01% + 0.4% + 0.1% + 1.5% + 0.04% + 0.1% + 0.1% + 0.3% + 0.1% change from same month, one year earlier + 0.08% + 4.2% + 3.5% + 6.0% + 1.46% + 2.6% + 2.8% + 1.1% + 1.4% note: all figures are subject to revision Sources: Department of Labor/U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and TechServe Alliance


Technical note: TechServe Alliance’s IT Employment Index and Engineering Employment Index are the first specific measurements of IT and engineering employment. These unique measurements of total IT and engineering employment are created monthly by studying the ongoing staffing patterns of a dozen IT and computer related occupations in 22 industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of IT workers and nearly two dozen engineering occupations in 30 select industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of engineering workers. Both the monthly IT Employment and Engineering Employment Indices are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, which is subject to monthly revisions, and is revised accordingly. Both indices are also subject to periodic revisions and annual rebenchmarking that includes revisions to several years of employment data, which also may incorporate new occupational definitions. Both indices were rebenchmarked going back several years starting with January 2020 data and published in February 2020. In addition, both indices are subject to minor revisions to March and April data. The next major revision will be published in February 2021.

ABOUT TechServe Alliance
TechServe Alliance is the national trade association of the IT & Engineering staffing and solutions industry. Hundreds of IT & Engineering staffing and solutions firms and tens of thousands of affiliated professionals, count on TechServe Alliance to keep their leadership informed, engaged and connected. TechServe Alliance serves as the voice of the industry before the policymakers and the national and trade press. By providing access to the knowledge and best practices of an entire industry and tapping the “collective scale” of hundreds of companies, TechServe Alliance supports its members in the efficient delivery of best-in-class IT & Engineering staffing and solutions for clients and exceptional professional opportunities for every consultant.

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