The Outlook’s Good For IT Employment in 2012

Is your job finally secure or will it be shipped offshore in 2012? While it’s impossible to predict the future, experts have been reviewing the data and they’re bullish about the employment prospects for IT professionals next year.

For example, InfoWorld’s Dan Tynan recently declared that it’s a great time to be in IT. He attributes his optimism to Gartner’s claim that global IT spending will rise by 7.1 percent, which is higher than the original estimates of a spending increase of just 5.6 percent. IT budgets were 3.55 percent of corporate revenues in 2011, compared to 3.5 percent of revenues prior to the recession.

And a recent survey by the Society for Information Management (SIM) reveals that boosting productivity and cutting costs is the number four priority for CIOs in 2012. This had been their top priority over the last several years. In fact, Jerry Luftman the survey’s lead researcher and a professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology said, “Companies aren’t looking to IT as the first place to slice and dice.”

Two-thirds of the responding companies in the SIM survey have already shipped jobs offshore and very few plan to offshore additional jobs in 2012. Since the value of offshore contracts declined by 18 percent during the second quarter of this year, your job is probably safe, at least for the time being.

But here’s the burning question: Will you get a raise in 2012? Maybe so, because some 94 percent of CIOs predict that their 2012 IT staff salaries will be greater than or equal to this year’s level.

In conclusion, Luftman said the overall findings of the SIM survey are that IT is a good place to be in the enterprise and that it’s getting better. And after several tough years, that’s certainly welcome news for weary professionals.

Comments

  1. BY Mike says:

    What skills-set will the bulls be seeking?

  2. BY Colleen says:

    I’ve already been told that my job is on the chopping block for early next year – they are outsourcing us. I currently do account and access provisioning in our Information Security department. Management has told us that we should be actively looking for another job. Not exactly a good environment right now. Oh, and most of us have received ‘exceeds expectations’ on our annual reviews. So, it doesn’t seem to matter whether you do a good job or not anymore. All they worry about is the bottom line. And, I disagree with the author of this story. IT is exactly where the cuts are being made – we are merely overhead, after all. Disposable.

    • BY Mark Feffer says:

      Trends don’t apply to every company and situation, of course, but overall the report matches up with what hear from companies. A lot of projects have been back-burnered when the recession hit, but this year many of them have been resurrected. IT’s just too important to business operations to let IT languish anymore.

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