Rate Of IT Job Growth Remains At Low EBB; Engineering Ticks Up

Staff Report

Monday, December 18th, 2017

The number of IT jobs grew 0.1% sequentially last month to 5,323,900 according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by 1.8% since November 2016 adding 94,100 IT workers.

Engineering employment increased by 0.2 percent sequentially to 2,582,400. On a year-over-year basis, growth in engineering employment increased by 1.6% since November 2016 or 39,700 engineering workers.

"As 2017 draws to a close, the rate of IT job growth remains at its lowest level in years," stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance.  "While I remain very bullish about demand for highly skilled IT professionals, the restrictive immigration policies being pursued by the Administration is cause for great concern.  Without access to an adequate domestic supply of talent, the ability to grow the U.S. IT workforce is significantly diminished, causing more work to be pushed offshore---an unfortunate outcome for U.S.-based businesses as well as IT professionals that would otherwise make up part of the U.S.-based team,"  added Roberts.