Friday, July 13, 2012

Jobs Report Shows Reduced Unemployment, But Also Reduced Demand for IT Employees

The latest "IT Job Trends" Report from the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) found that demand for skilled IT workers declined for the second month in a row, after an encouraging fall of 2011 and great performance in Q1 of 2012.

In March 2012, there were 5,670 open positions. That number declined in April to 5,510, and dropped more in May, to 5,080 open positions. The biggest contributor to the reduced demand for IT labor was in the Defense sector.

The report, released on Friday, did show a few good trends overall. The report tracks total employment numbers from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. The unemployment rate dropped overall in North Carolina, to 9.1%, and at the local level, there were unemployment drops in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties and in all 14 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Employers report needing the following skill sets, in order of demand: SQL, Windows OS, Java, Unix, C++/VC++, Linux, Business Analysis, Oracle DMBs, Microsoft SQL Server, Perl, XML, and CCIE. Specific open positions, in order of reported demand, include: systems engineers, software developers, IT management, architects, sales/marketing positions, process designers, hardware engineers, training, and technical writing. 

CED is scheduled to host a technology career fair prior to the CED Tech Venture Conference on September 11-12, 2012. Details on the career fair will be announced shortly.

The full report from NCTA can be accessed as a PDF on the NCTA website.

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