As IT Jobs Become Available, Qualified Candidated Lag Behind

November 27, 2012

IT workers are feeling extremely confident right now, more so than employees in any other profession in America, according to a recent survey by Harris Interactive, Randstad Technologies and Technisource.

The study found that more than half of tech employees believe there were more IT jobs available in the third quarter of 2012, and 55 percent of respondents said they felt good about finding work if necessary.

At the same time, IT sectors like web and technology development have more jobs available than candidates to fill them, according to a separate report by The Times of Northwest Indiana.

“It’s my job to hire these people, and they’re just not out there,” Brandon Passley, founder of Chicago-based application engineering firm Vokal, told the news source.

Among the reasons for the lack of IT talent is that educators, from elementary and secondary schools all the way through college, aren’t doing enough to prepare stduents for potential careers in IT. For example, less than 3 percent of students at the University of Illinois’ main campus major in computer science – and this represents an increase from previous years, according to the news source.