In September, IT employment increased by 0.47% to 5,158,000 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has declined by 3.70% since September 2019 shedding 198,400 IT workers. Engineering employment grew by 0.49% sequentially to 2,582,200. On a year-over-year basis, engineering employment decreased by 2.94% since September 2019, a loss of 78,300 engineering workers.

 

“After steep declines in the spring, IT employment posted strong growth for the second month rising 0.47%,” observed Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “The wave of layoffs in IT triggered at the onset of the pandemic have clearly abated. With the explosion of ‘work from home’ and the strength of those sectors leveraging ‘digital transformation’, businesses have clearly seen that investment in IT is an imperative. While these trends will continue to support growth of IT employment in some sectors, hard hit areas of the economy will continue to struggle to maintain headcount in skill sets of types including IT,” added Roberts. The following table presents information about the total number of jobs in certain sectors that provide a significant amount of employment for IT and engineering professionals

Technical note: TechServe Alliance’s IT Employment Index and Engineering Employment Index are the first specific measurements of IT and engineering employment. These unique measurements of total IT and engineering employment are created monthly by studying the ongoing staffing patterns of a dozen IT and computer related occupations in 22 industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of IT workers and nearly two dozen engineering occupations in 30 select industries and industry sectors employing significant numbers of engineering workers. Both the monthly IT Employment and Engineering Employment Indices are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, which is subject to monthly revisions, and is revised accordingly. Both indices are also subject to periodic revisions and annual rebenchmarking that includes revisions to several years of employment data, which also may incorporate new occupational definitions. Both indices were re-benchmarked going back several years starting with January 2020 data and published in February 2020. In addition, both indices are subject to minor revisions to March and April data. The next major revision will be published in February 2021.