IT temp hiring agencies see a big boom

September 5, 2014

There's some good news on the hiring front for IT staffing agencies and job seekers alike. A recent Pulse survey from Staffing Analysts showed that IT hiring for the second quarter of 2014 was at levels not seen since 2012.

Numbers could lead to a run of the bulls
Ziv Tepman is a company research associate and explained what the numbers mean through the economic rebound of the last few months.

"Though not as high as June's figure, July's 13 percent median year-over-year temporary staffing revenue growth was the second-highest median growth rate we've observed since December 2012," said Tepman. "In addition, the net proportion of firms reporting an increase in new orders was the highest it has been in over two years, a potentially bullish signal." 

June came in with a 15 percentile, but the July the numbers were far above the 10 percent rate of growth seen in the first half of the year.

IT's year over year growth remained unchanged at 9 percent but combined with the other sector numbers was consistent with continued growth. The growth in hiring has proven to be a good indicator that hiring agencies will be seeing plenty of jobs for candidates in the third and fourth quarters, said the report.

Figures may lead to recruiting shortfalls
While the survey numbers showed that job growth is steady, many companies are concerned that a perceived skills gap is widening and they have to scurry to find qualified job candidates to fill vital positions. A Wall Street Journal report said that companies like Microsoft and Amazon on the west coast are offering dog-sitting services in an attempt to lure top IT talent to their businesses. So just what IT skills are recruiters and hiring managers looking for? Bobby Patrick is with Hewlett-Packard and told the Journal that cloud computing is a hot job field right now and one with a large skills gap.

Patrick said, "it places a premium on current, and next generation tech workers, to hone their skills for always-on distributed computing architectures rather than monolithic ones. The cloud skills gap is the single biggest barrier to the future adoption of cloud infrastructures."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the number of IT jobs open in the past year grew by 19 percent. With the advent of increasingly complex technology companies are looking for any edge to get the best professionals they can into their operations.

If Puppy Promos and the like prove to be the benefits that bring candidates on board then who can blame recruiters from giving it a try?