IT Job Growth Stuck In Neutral; Talent Shortage To Blame

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 14, 2018 – The number of IT jobs grew 0.01% sequentially last month to 5,327,100 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 1.18% since February 2017 adding 61,900 IT workers.

Engineering employment increased by 0.23 percent sequentially to 2,576,200. On a year-over-year basis, growth in engineering employment increased by 1.67% since February 2017 or 42,300 engineering workers.

“Despite a robust economy and very strong demand for talent in many IT skill sets, the rate of IT job growth decelerated throughout 2017.  We begin 2018 with the rate of IT job growth essentially flat,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance.  “This is clearly attributable to the shortage of IT talent in many high demand skill sets which is being further exacerbated by restrictive immigration policies and its associated chilling effect,” added Roberts.

For the complete March 2018 TechServe Alliance Employment Indices please visit:

About TechServe Alliance
TechServe Alliance is the national trade association of the IT & Engineering staffing and solutions industry. Hundreds of IT & Engineering staffing and solutions firms and tens of thousands of affiliated professionals, count on TechServe Alliance to keep their leadership informed, engaged and connected. TechServe Alliance serves as the voice of the industry before the policymakers and the national and trade press. By providing access to the knowledge and best practices of an entire industry and tapping the “collective scale” of hundreds of companies, TechServe Alliance supports its members in the efficient delivery of best-in-class IT & Engineering staffing and solutions for clients and exceptional professional opportunities for every consultant.

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Marcus is a reporter on the Political Capital team focusing on money in politics. Before joining Daily Telescope, he worked as a researcher and writer for the Institute for Northern Studies at Ohio State University and as a freelance journalist in Portalnd, having been published by over 20 outlets including NPR, the Center for Media and Democracy,The Huffington Post, Salon, Truthout and
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