IT Employment Grows in Q2; RIM Cuts 2,000

Dice News RoundupIT Employment Grows in Second Quarter: While the number of IT jobs increased in this year’s second quarter, growth paused during June. The TechServe Alliance says the number of IT jobs was essentially unchanged at 4,051,200 (down 300 from the previous month). Since June 2010, IT employment is up by nearly 133,000 jobs. “While growth in IT employment paused in June, all signs point to the sector continuing to outperform the overall job market,” said Mark Roberts, TechServe Alliance’s CEO. Yahoo! News

RIM Announces Job Cuts: In an effort “focused on eliminating redundancies and reallocating resources to focus on areas that offer the highest growth opportunities and alignment with RIM’s strategic objectives,” the BlackBerry maker is reducing its workforce by approximately 2,000, or 10 percent of the its total headcount. The announcement was coupled with news of an executive shakeup that leaves both co-CEOs in place but swaps out many other C-level executives. RIM

Microsoft Is Growing Again: Microsoft added a net total of more than 1,000 employees worldwide in the quarter ended June 30, bringing its total employment level back above 90,000. It’s the largest quarterly growth in Microsoft’s workforce in more than two years. More than half of Microsoft’s employment growth (559 jobs) was in international markets. The company added 450 jobs in the U.S., but only 144 of those were in Seattle. The numbers include direct employees only, and on a worldwide basis the addition translates into a 1 percent increase, compared with the previous quarter. At its peak in 2008, Microsoft had more than 95,000 employees. Geekwire

Head of Cyber Agency Resigns: The head of a U.S. agency that helps respond to cyber attacks resigned suddenly after several high-profile attacks on government computer systems. Randy Vickers departed as director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team. There was no reason given, but his resignation follows attacks against the Pentagon and public websites of the Central Intelligence Agency and Senate.  The Chicago Tribune

Huge Facebook Data Center Will Yield Just 10 Jobs: Facebook’s planned huge data center on its campus in Prineville, Ore., a facility similar to its existing 300,000-square-foot facility. The second building is expected to create up to 450 construction jobs  but amazingly, Facebook said it will likely add just 10 full-time positions. The company currently employs 54 full-time employees there providing building maintenance, security and server maintenance. Data Center Knowledge

Colleges Join Plan for Faster Computer Networks: A group of 28 American universities is signing on to a plan to build ultra-high-speed computer networks — offering Internet service several hundred times faster than what is now commercially available — in the communities surrounding them. The project, named GigU, hopes to draw startups to the areas near the universities, many of which are in the Midwest or outside of big cities. Right now GigU is more of an idea than a ready-to-launch projct. The universities are reaching out to telecom companies for suggestions, and to corporations and nonprofits for business ideas. Members include Arizona State University, Case Western Reserve University, Howard University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, the University of Washington and the University of Chicago. The New York Times

How Hot Are Games? EA Pulls In $1 Billion in Q2: On the heels of Comic Con and continued excitement about downloadable game apps and online games, Electronic Arts more than doubled its fiscal first-quarter net income. The company earned $221 million in the three months that ended June 30, up from $96 million in the same period a year earlier. Total revenue rose 23 percent to $999 million from $815 million.

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