John Oates recent Channel Register story “IT jobs market recovering well/So where’s my raise?” cites a four percent increase in technology jobs advertised for Q1’10 versus Q1’09 as evidence of recovery. I’d say it’s evidence of (slight) improvement, but I’m not sure that “recovery” really comes into play until we make up for the ground that’s been lost in IT and start whittling away at the new jobs needed to put recent college grads and other new entrants into the IT workforce into permanent, full-time jobs. But then again, it’s not entirely useless to use advertisements as a metric for job availability because employers still lean pretty heavily on ads to help get the word out about positions available.
An interesting data point from the story includes mention that finance is still the top opportunity for both full- and part-time positions, in both the permanent and contract employment markets. Given the turmoil in the banking and finance industries, I guess it makes sense that crunching more numbers and managing more data might aid a return to normalcy for those lines of work.
Skills-related terms in job postings/ads indicate that SQL is mentioned most often, followed by C and C#. To me, this says that employers are looking for database mavens on the one hand (SQL) and for developers on the other (C and C#). Next most frequent terms: .NET, SQL Server, and ASP would appear to bear this out, and to indicate that the Web is increasingly where development is at as far as jobs are concerned.
The site (CWJobs) that hosts and tracks such advertisements is quoted as saying “…it was encouraging to see some signs of improvement and they hoped it marked increased investment in IT.” So do we all, sez I; so do we all!