By Robert Jaques
12 Mar 2008
Sector bucks 'dismal' overall job market
IT employment in the US surged in February despite the "dismal" overall
job market, experts report.
The National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB),
which tracks IT employment on a monthly basis, said that IT jobs grew by
more than 40,000 last month.
On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew 9.1 per cent from February
2007 to stand at an all-time high of nearly 3.9 million in February
"Despite the steady stream of negative economic news, including a
disappointing report on the broader job market, demand for IT
professionals remains extraordinarily robust," said Mark Roberts, chief
executive at the NACCB.
"While I fully expected a favourable IT employment picture based on the
positive anecdotal reports from our member companies, the strength of
February's IT employment numbers surprised even me."
The robust IT employment picture should be heartening to executives in
all industries, according to the report.
"The figures reflect continuing corporate investment in IT as companies
seek to maintain or improve their competitive position and reap the
benefits of enhanced productivity," said Roberts.