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Cautious Optimism on IT Jobs

I recently wrote a report for RCPmag.com that showed that Microsoft partner salaries have been holding steady, even with the recession in full swing. When I wrote that report, I have to admit that I found the results a bit surprising. But in my research, I've found that IT has been nearly untouched when companies were looking to cut corporate budgets.

In the upcoming Redmond Magazine Reader Salary Survey, the same holds true (as well as in MCPmag.com's survey). Interesting as well is the that jobs held steady. (Results online later this year.) What we found was that most companies weren't hiring more people, but retaining the good ones. The IT profession seems almost, ahem, recession-proof. And there's even more evidence of this truism, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting a rise in computer jobs in July, up from the previous two months (which had dropped), and up by 8,100 from July 2008. The IT jobs uptick is in stark contrast to jobs in other sectors, where the recession is having an obvious and painful impact.

Posted by Michael Domingo on 08/13/2009 at 11:59 AM

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