Tech Sector Added More Than 8,000 Jobs in April

The economy added
enough technology jobs
in April to gain back the number lost in March, and then
some.

U.S. employment numbers released last week by the
Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found despite continued
volatility in many IT employment segments, the largest net monthly job gain in
IT-related jobs recorded since the Wall Street financial crisis was realized in
April, IT labor market research firm Foote Partners reported. A net gain of
8,800 such jobs represented a 15,600-job swing following a brief March 2010
setback in which 6,800 jobs were lost overall in the five bellwether IT job
segments monitored in the BLS data.

Foote Partners’
David Foote recently told us IT leaders are moving to an employment
model
that relies more on specialized contractors than expert full-timers. Though April’s numbers are good, he told eWeek today’s tech-labor market is “somewhat unique, with the number of jobs and salaries stabilizing even though pay and demand for specific skills can swing “wildly up and down within windows as short as three months.” He sees that as being “clearly” due to “other factors than the recession at work here.”

– Mark Feffer

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