IT job openings plunge 30% in N.C.

Posted December 15, 2008

— The high-tech jobs sector in North Carolina continues to tighten.

Job openings fell by nearly a third in November from the previous month to just over 2,000, according to the latest “IT Jobs Survey” from the North Carolina Technology Association and SkillProof, a national IT talent management and recruiting firm.

With 2,010 openings, the total is just over half the jobs available a year ago (3,910) and far fewer than those posted in November 2006 (4,450).

In October of this year, 2960 jobs were posted.

The percentage drop in vacancies of nearly 30 percent from October was almost double the nationwide decrease of 15.6 percent.

And the news isn’t expected to get better any time soon.

“It is expected that the situation will not improve in December,” the report said. “Job seeker[s] will have to wait until [the first quarter of 2009] when employers will begin to post their new vacancies.”

North Carolina’s overall jobless rate stands at 7 percent.

The only three of the top 15 IT “need skills” categories to show increased demand over November 2007 were: Web services (120, up from 110), SAP (110, up from 80), and object oriented (OO) analysis, design programming (also 110, up from 80).

Demand for software developers fell the most at 17.3 percent.

The number of job openings by category in November compared with a year ago were :

• Systems engineer/support: 640 (1,150)

• Software development: 430 (710)

• IT architects/consultants: 250 (550)

• IT management: 190 (570)

• IT sales and marketing: 180 (290)

• Systems administrators: 160 (220)

• Business/process design: 60 (80)

• Training/technical writing: 30 (50)

• Hardware engineering: 10 (180)

Demand in November was strongest for SQL programmers at 340 followed by Windows OS at 310. But even those were far fewer than a year earlier at 730 for SQL and620 for Windows OS.

Hurt worst, however, was the demand for Unix programmers. Openings plunged to 230 from 680 a year ago.


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  • davidgnews Dec 15, 2008

    This - I could handle it just fine but 16 years was plenty enough to be in one place. I had a deeper background that that allowed, but you know of none of it, so you can just speak for yourself. I have plenty of intelligence, motivation, talent, and persistance, and that's a winning combination in anything I want to do (or anyone else for that matter). I stand by the dweeb statement, because I was surrounded by them. Maybe you're lucky and aren't, or just can't recognize it as such.

    I'm sure your mileage will vary. Good luck with that.

  • ThisIsMyName Dec 15, 2008

    davidgnews, sorry you couldn't handle it in the IT field. People that make comments like that are usually nothing but message board know-it-alls that live just above the povery level.

    Big bucks can still be made as an IT contractor if you've got the right skills.

  • davidgnews Dec 15, 2008

    Sure glad I got out of that field. Nothing but dweebs that couldn't change batteries in a flashlight without breaking the bulb !

  • bs101fly Dec 15, 2008

    good! maybe this means 30% less people will be moving here!

  • starglow2005 Dec 15, 2008

    I don't read too much into this report since the job market is always changing. Most large companies don't hire much at year's end and things will probably pick up during the first quarter of next year as the economic recovery efforts start kicking in.

    But the sky is always falling if you rely solely on the news media reports for information.

  • PowderedToastMan Dec 15, 2008

    ....and not a single politician is doing anything about keeping IT jobs in the US instead of sending them overseas.

  • TheAdmiral Dec 15, 2008

    I have already been hit - now it is time to focus on non-IT related careers.

    I suggest all IT people to do so, since you have lobbyists like Larry Ellison, Bill Gates, and folks at SUN screaming for the H1B visa program - the democrats are likely to crack that sucker wide open to increase the number of poor constituents that they can keep on the welfare rolls.

  • OpinionatedGuy Dec 15, 2008

    I am looking for an IT gig now... Where did all the jobs go?

  • WRALblows Dec 15, 2008

    I wouldn't want to work in any technology support position at any major public company. Some at Glaxo, IBM, even NetApp will probably feel the pain shortly. Anywhere you wear a badge number your chances are worse than an office "IT guy" who's kept his tiny, multi-task office (or cube) for a small to medium business.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 15, 2008

    dhamma - they are probably just looking at job postings that specially include Unix.