High on Microsoft, High on IT Jobs

The Microsoft ecosystem seems healthy and poised to remain strong despite the recession. That's what a Microsoft-sponsored study by IDC shows, with 5.8 million Microsoft-related IT jobs resulting from the software giant's offerings over the next four years.

The IDC study has some interesting statistics:

  • Microsoft is directly and indirectly responsible for employing 6.1 million people worldwide.
  • 14.9 million IT professionals worldwide are involved with Microsoft software, which is 42 percent of all the people working in the IT industry.
  • For every dollar that Microsoft makes, the Microsoft ecosystem gets another $8.70. Microsoft is poised to make about $60 billion in revenue this year. That means more than $500 billion will be made by Microsoft partners, tool developers, service providers and the like.

Online News Editor Kurt Mackie tempers Microsoft's rosy optimism with some grim data from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics; read his piece here.

(Post corrected to reflect more realistic revenue numbers, stated in IDC report. Thanks to Scott from Portland for pointing out the error. -- MSD)

Posted by Michael Domingo on 10/08/2009 at 11:59 AM


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