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Hiring rebounds in tech sector during January: CompTIA

February 04 2019

Employment momentum in the US tech sector rebounded in January, according to CompTIA’s analysis of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly employment situation report, released Friday. The nonprofit IT industry association found the tech sector in January added an estimated 11,200 jobs.

IT services, custom software development and computer system design led employment growth, with the services and software category accounting for an estimated 7,000 new hires in the first month of 2019.

CompTIA noted this continues a trend seen throughout much of 2018, where positions in services, software development and systems design accounted for an estimated 77% of all tech jobs gained in the IT sector last year.

New hiring in January was also reported in the categories of data processing, hosting and related services, up by 3,100 jobs; computer and electronic product manufacturing, up 2,700; and other information services, including search portals, up by 400 jobs. The telecommunications category lost an estimated 2,000 jobs last month.

“In the year ahead, organizations will have new opportunities to build upon their digital infrastructure,” said Tim Herbert, senior VP for research and market intelligence at CompTIA. “This will require the further shifting in mindset to IT as a strategic imperative. And, of course, the requisite skills in areas such as architecture, development and data to make it happen.”

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