Against the backdrop of dismal trends in the broader job market, information technology (I.T.) employment surged in February. According to the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), which tracks I.T. employment on a monthly basis, I.T. employment grew by more than 40,000 last month, a more than one percent (1.06%) month-over-month increase.
On a year-over-year basis, I.T. employment grew 9.1 percent from February 2007. In February 2008, I.T. employment stood at nearly 3.9 million, an all-time high.
“Despite the steady stream of negative economic news, including a disappointing report on the broader job market, demand for I.T. professionals remains extraordinarily robust,” notes Mark Roberts, CEO of the NACCB. “While I fully expected a favorable I.T. employment picture based on the positive anecdotal reports from our member companies, the strength of February’s I.T. employment numbers even surprised me. The robust I.T. employment picture should be heartening to executives in all industries. It reflects continuing corporate investment in I.T. as companies seek to maintain or improve their competitive position and reap the benefits of enhanced productivity.”
The I.T. employment index is published by the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses (NACCB), the national trade association representing I.T. staffing and solutions firms.