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Aug 30 2010   3:52PM GMT

When the jobs come back to IT…with a small ray of sunshine

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

Boy, it’s been tough out there on the economic front lately. Last week, we got word that jobs are not likely to grow any time real soon across the whole economy, and that the housing market is showing serious weakness now that the stimulus money for homebuyers has come to an end. (The spigot was closed at the end of June, but it takes a month for the numbers to catch up with the situation on the ground, given typical reporting lags, so we just got the “official bad news” last week that housing purchases were down by 27% for July, with the lowest numbers for the past 15 years).

That’s why I wanted to post a link to an article by Lisa Vaas for the Dell-sponsored ITExpertVoice site that posted last week. It’s entitled “Tech Hiring Creeps Back to Health” and it actually manages to shed a small ray of sunshine on what has otherwise been a grey and dismal IT job market for the past year and more. It’s a small ray of sunshine because — as the story’s lead-in paragraph says — when it comes to IT job growth

…its recovery pace is akin to that of a snail going about its business after recovering from a coma.

In other words: painfully slow. But Vaas does point to several factors causing IT hiring and promotions to improve, if ever so slowly:

  • giving into a pent-up need to implement projects shelved because of the recession and subsequent economic slowdown
  • a better sense of financial comfort from companies now into the second halves of their fiscal years, with better information about their situations, and a higher sense of confidence about spending the hiring budgets at their disposal
  • some modest increases in demand for new technologies and deployments such as Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008 (original or R2)
  • a modest boost in IT functions for the healthcare, transportation, education, and some aspects of the construction sectors, with continued strong demand for IT people from Wall Street

There! You’ve had your ray of IT jobs sunshine. I hope it doesn’t cause any unpleasant side effects. All I can say is “Please sir, may we have some more?” Preferably, lots more, and sooner rather than later. Sigh.

Shameless self-promotion note: Please check out my latest story for Dell’s ITExpertVoice site, which posted publicly last Friday. It’s entitled: “Why Buy Real KVMs, When Virtual KVMs Will Do?” (and lest you think I advocate wholesale abandonment of physical KVMs, this story not only explains how remote access technologies can supplement and to a certain extent supplant KVMs, but also when real, physical KVMs are still necessary to obtain access to key servers and other devices).

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