Amidst troubling macroeconomic trends and talks of a possible recession, hiring defied all expectations with U.S. businesses adding 528,000 jobs in July. Compared to the broader employment trend, job growth in the IT sector remained essentially unchanged from June, down 0.02% in July, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment was up a meager 0.32% from July 2021, adding a net of only 17,400 jobs in the year’s period. The Engineering sector showed a year-over-year job growth rate of 4.08%, with the addition of 106,900 jobs over the course of the year.
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“We continue to see a very strong demand for tech talent and a shortage of qualified candidates,” said Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “This is validated by the low unemployment rate of 2.2% in the sector and by our member companies, who tell us that job requirements from their clients still continue unabated. It is not surprising that we are continuing to struggle in growing the overall technology jobs’ pie because of this significant supply-demand imbalance.
“This really underscores the need for businesses to move quickly with hiring decisions, offer competitive compensation, and not hold out for that perfect candidate or they will lose the candidate to other employers in need of the same skill set.”
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The following table presents information about the total number of jobs in certain sectors that provide a significant amount of employment for IT and engineering professionals.
Technical note: TechServe Alliance’s IT Employment Index and Engineering Employment Index are the first specific measurements of IT and engineering employment. These unique measurements of total IT and engineering employment are created monthly by studying the ongoing staffing patterns of a dozen IT and computer related occupations in 22 industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of IT workers and nearly two dozen engineering occupations in 30 select industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of engineering workers. Both the monthly IT Employment and Engineering Employment Indices are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, which is subject to monthly revisions, and is revised accordingly. Both indices are also subject to periodic revisions and annual revisions / benchmarking that includes revisions to several years of employment data, which also may incorporate new occupational definitions. Both indices were revised / benchmarked going back several years starting with January 2022 data and published in February 4, 2022. In addition, both indices are subject to minor revisions to March and April data. The next major revision will be published in February 2023.
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