ALEXANDRIA, Va, Feb. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The number of IT jobs grew 0.3 percent sequentially last month to 5,257,900, 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 3.9% since January 2016 adding 195,600 IT workers.
Engineering employment increased by 0.1 percent sequentially to 2,547,400. On a year-over-year basis, growth in engineering employment remained anemic increasing by only 0.7% since January 2016 or 18,600 engineering workers.
"IT employment grew a respectable 0.3 percent in January," stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. "While a single month does not establish a trend, I am pleased IT showed some strength as we begin the New Year. While bullish that demand will increase as the year unfolds, I remain concerned with the rhetoric supporting more restrictive immigration policies for high skilled workers. Given the shortage of many IT and engineering skill sets, such policies could limit domestic IT and engineering job growth pushing those jobs overseas---an undesirable outcome for both U.S.-based businesses and workers," observed Roberts.
For the complete February 2017 TechServe Alliance Employment Indices please visit: https://www.techservealliance.org/files/IndexReleaseFeb2017.pdf
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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