IT Confidence Dips Slightly, but Majority of Americans Comfortable with IT Jobs

February 21, 2013

Randstad's IT Employee Confidence Index declined slightly in the fourth quarter of 2012, slipping from 56.8 percent to 55.8, but Americans overall remain fairly confident in their ability to find and retain IT jobs going into 2013.

This news comes on the heels of TechServe Alliance's recent announcement that IT jobs increased modestly in January, rising over 0.4 percent to a total of 4,339,800. Last month set an all-time record, with the number of jobs in the sector increasing by 15,800.

"Technology workers remain one of the most confident when it comes to job availability, the future strength of the economy and their current employer," Randstad's Bob Dickey said. "For instance, we are seeing great demand for emerging technologies within the third platform, which includes cloud computing, social technologies, big data analytics and mobility."

Employability appears to be the one problem area, as only 44 percent of IT workers are now confident in their ability to find a new job, down from 55 percent last quarter. But among those who have jobs already, confidence is high – 74 percent of IT workers say it's unlikely they will lose their jobs in the next year, and only 33 percent say they're likely to seek new jobs.