IT staff still in short supply, but hiring pace may slow
Amid all this talk of unemployment, IT workers continue to be in short supply, according to a CIO Insight analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data. A record 3.76 million workers in the United States held IT jobs last year, a record and up 8.5 percent from 2006, the analysis showed. The rapid growth in employment lowered last year's IT unemployment rate to 2.1 percent, from 2.5 percent in 2006, the lowest level recorded since the government redefined IT occupations in 2000. While those are great numbers for IT jobseekers, they aren't welcomed by CIOs fighting among themselves for limited human resources. More at this link. However, CIOs also say they plan to increase their staffs at a slower pace in 2008 than they did in 2007, according to a survey of 1,400 CIOs from a national IT staffing company. More at this link.