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IT jobs post modest growth in May, TechServe Alliance reports

Staffing Trends
Posted on Jun 25, 2015

The number of IT jobs in the US rose 0.3% in May from April, according to the TechServe Alliance, the trade association of the IT and engineering staffing and solutions industry in the US. That compares to a 0.2% increase in total nonfarm jobs in the US.Year over year, IT jobs rose by 4.8% since May 2014, adding 225,000 workers for a total of more than 4.9 million jobs.Engineering jobs edged up by 0.1% in May from the previous month and 0.9% year over year, adding 22,000 engineering workers since May 2014 for a total of more than 2.5 million US engineering jobs.

IT employment continued its modest growth trajectory in May while the rate of growth in engineering employment remained sluggish,’ said TechServe Alliance CEO Mark Roberts. ‘While demand for IT talent remains strong, an inadequate supply of IT professionals in high-demand skill sets is restricting the rate of growth. There are simply too few US students pursuing careers in IT coupled with restrictive immigration policies that are inadequate to meet the needs of US businesses. Until we address this long-term problem, IT employment growth will not reach its full potential.’