Alexandria, VA, November 15, 2017 – The number of IT jobs grew 0.1% sequentially last month to 5,319,700, 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 2.1% since October 2016 adding 107,300 IT workers.
Engineering employment increased by 0.1 percent sequentially to 2,576,400. On a year-over-year basis, growth in engineering employment increased by 1.4% since October 2016 or 34,700 engineering workers.
“Following a trend that has been in place for some time, the rate of IT job growth fell to its lowest level in years. Given that demand remains strong for IT professionals in high demand skill sets, this ongoing deceleration is attributable to an ever tightening labor supply,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “The current administration’s restrictive immigration policies affecting highly skilled foreign nationals is making the job of finding qualified IT professionals even more difficult. These policies are contributing to the decline in the rate of IT job growth in the U.S.,” 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.
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 were rebenchmarked this month with revisions going back several years. The next major revision will be published in February 2018. Additionally, from time-to-time TechServe Alliance reviews and adjusts the algorithm utilized to calculate the indices.
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.
DPP® is a member of TechServe Alliance.
© 2017 by TechServe Alliance. All rights reserved. www.techservealliance.org
This article is reproduced with permission from TechServe Alliance.