IT jobs survive as delaying digital transformation gets riskier. Not so long ago, IT jobs were the first to go as soon as a company had a reason to cut costs or slow spending. Now, IT job growth appears to be more resilient, according to the latest national jobs report and an analysis that drills into the IT sector.
Off-trend, in a good way. “Last month, the U.S. ended the longest stretch of job growth on record because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, but the information technology sector was spared amid strong business demand for digital transformation services, according to a report by IT trade group CompTIA,” CIO Journal’s Sara Castellanos says. The U.S. IT sector added an estimated 3,200 new jobs last month, compared to 10,300 new jobs in August, led by gains in IT software and services and computer and electronic products manufacturing.
Digital is core to competitiveness. Cutting IT jobs is now, it would seem, increasingly viewed as a compromise of digital capability, and that capability is core to the business. “Because postponing digital business transformation is becoming an increasingly risky proposition, businesses of all sizes seek the expertise and tools to modernize their legacy systems,” Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA, said in a statement. CompTIA also reported that cybersecurity jobs continue to be in high demand following major breaches. It cited job posting statistics and surveys of business leaders. The trade group estimates there are nearly 300,000 job postings for cybersecurity positions in the 12 month period spanning mid-2016 to mid-2017.