By Galen Gruman
Executive Editor for Global Content, Computerworld | SEP 7, 2021 3:00 AM PDT
The job growth in the US IT industry accelerated in August, adding 25,400 positions, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data reported in the latest figures from IT employment consultancy Janco Associates. That growth in IT positions comes even as the highly infectious delta variant of Covid-19 slowed overall job growth, mainly due to slowdowns in the restaurant and entertainment sectors.
The August surge follows job growth of about 18,500 in June and 10,100 in July (both are revised figures), reflecting continuing business recovery from the pandemic in the US. In fact, IT job growth has occurred every month this year, though it was uneven through May.
That talent shortage has put even greater pressure on businesses to increase salaries, Janulaitis said — and US IT salaries had already been trending up in 2021.
There are now 3.7 million IT pro jobs in the US, Janco estimates.