Tech Employment Rose to 4 Million in September

DICE NEWS UPDATE:

Tech employment rises for the 20th straight month, bringing the total number of jobs to more than 4 million… Michigan especially is growing its tech sector… and bad news for RIM… all on this week’s Update.

The number of IT jobs rose in September. The latest figures from TechServe Alliance show that IT employment continued grew for the 20th straight month. The actual number of jobs rose by about 5,800, to a bit more than 4 million. That’s a small gain, but it means overall IT employment is up close to 100,000 jobs, or nearly 2.5 percent, year-over-year.  The alliance says that unless the economy deteriorates again, it remains bullish on continued tech-job growth for the foreseeable future.

One thing that’s probably helping: Companies are starting to bring outsourced jobs back inside. When Best Buy said it will create 200 back-office IT jobs, it was just the latest example of a trend that’s starting to spread. More companies are building their own tech teams rather than outsourcing the work. It means companies are acknowledging that IT is essential to their future. To control that future, they want to find and keep their own IT talent.

Michigan is adding tech jobs. A report from TechAmerica Midwest says the state added 2,700 technology jobs between 2009 and 2010, an increase of 2 percent. Proportionally speaking, that means Michigan has added more tech jobs than any other state. Job gains in sectors like software and research and development have helped the state’s recovery, TechAmerica says. In terms of growth, Michigan was followed by Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Utah and South Carolina. But, no surprise, California still has the most tech positions overall.

Here’s news to chill the blood of RIM executives. A broad study of end users and decision makers has found that up to 60 percent of BlackBerry users at small businesses will switch to some other kind of smartphone over the next year. So will 30 percent of users at larger companies. The report — Enterprise Management Associates — found that 52 percent of BlackBerry users at companies with over 10,000 employees use the devices for work. But only 36 percent plan to stick with them for the next year. At businesses with under 500 employees, 16 percent use BlackBerry now, but only 7 percent plan to next year. So it’s no surprise that only 16 percent of respondents are “completely satisfied” with their device, compared to 44 percent for iPhone users and 34 percent for Android customers. Over the next year, half of small business users plan to use the Android platform, while 29 percent say they’ll use an iPhone.

Comments

  1. BY James Green says:

    Mark,

    This is looking at the problem of IT unemployment from 35,000 feet in the air.

    • BY Mark Feffer says:

      True, James, but it’s really just mean to provide an overall view of things. Obviously there are different dynamics in different sectors, so this is just one data point.

  2. BY Bob says:

    I work in the IT industry (SAP) and notice the majority of consultants I work with are from India. It makes me wonder what percentage of this $4M are actually US citizens and what percentage are foreigners. I would be willing to bet it’s probably skewed against the US citizen side.

  3. BY Emilov says:

    We should give credit to dice editors for doing their best at providing a more optimistic view. They mention specific states that have more IT positions available.
    I do not know it for a fact, but it seems to me that despite the off-shore outsourcing of tech-jobs, there are much more IT ads in America than in Europe combined…

  4. BY Ken says:

    Bob, Your comments are so true! I too work in the IT industry. In my case, it’s Siebel. All the IT departments of companies located in the US were staffed by consultants from India. In some cases, these consultants were from the same region and sometimes even from the same village. Is this a coincidence? Where are the IT professionals with another ethnic cultural background? How many of the IT jobs in the US are occupied by US citizens or Green Card holders?

  5. BY Howard in IT says:

    I agree with remarks above concerning demographics. In current IT departments hiring, how many are hiring permanent workers? Of consultants, a huge number are already from India and new consultants continue the pattern. Some contracting firms also seem to hire only from India. In turn, many firms in-house staff often a large percentage of foreign nationals, often from India, often sponsored by firms, or with a green card, seldom US citizens. Often working at lower rates than their citizen colleagues and often sending money out of the country. And it’s increasing and doing so around the country. Meanwhile, many American born IT workers are still on the street and being told they expect too much compensation although they are only looking for rates or salaries much lower than earned formally. So more jobs?” Doesn’t matter if actual American citizens aren’t getting them.
    This country has betrayed it’s own people for a few bucks. Something the Germans definitely don’t do. They take care of Germans. THe US should take heed of their example.

  6. BY Jesse Guzman says:

    The Bracero Program (named for the Spanish term bracero, “strong-arm” (lit. “one who works with his arms”) and ultimately derived from brazo, “arm”) was a series of laws and diplomatic agreements, initiated by an August 1942 exchange of diplomatic notes between the United States and Mexico, for the importation of temporary contract laborers from Mexico to the United States.

    The 21st century contract laborers taking jobs we do want.

  7. BY John says:

    US govt should put a ban on L1 and H1 visa direct hiring from India
    Americans and US green card holder should be given preference on the IT jobs first.

  8. BY Sally says:

    Howard, I couldn’t agree with you more on this subject. You hit the spot right where all of us American ITers are suffering the consequences of the immense influx of ITers from India. The fact remains that once those Indians with working visas i.e., H1B or L1 and many other visas granted by the U.S. to foreign nationals)…once those visa holders become Permanent U.S. Residents, they positioned themselves in strategic positions within the companies they are working for and American company then give them free reign to do the hiring evaluation which amazingly and coincidentally turns out to be in favor of their countrymen from India taking all the positions available. Why would American companies surrender that important decision making to a guy from India who will discriminate against any American ITer just so that he can fill the vacancy with more Indians. And to add insult to injury, now, the foreign ITers can bring their spouses who will also enjoy free reign to U.S. employment opportunities. Yeah, let’s kick the Americans out of a job..two for the price of one!!! Why?

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