Tech Consulting Jobs Gain Strength

Techonomics - June 2012 Jobs Report

Management and technical consulting jobs posted 2013’s largest year-over-year gain in June, rising 6.1 percent to 1,187,400 jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During earlier months, the annual gain remained in the 5 percent range.

Consulting jobs are gaining strength in part because companies remain tentative in hiring full-time workers. That may not change for a while. Besides the slow economic expansion, businesses are nervous about the impact of federal sequestration.

Meanwhile, the computer systems design and services sector showed strong year-on-year growth during June, with the number of jobs rising 4.7 percent. Driving the growth is demand for open cloud and Big Data solutions, particularly for Linux administrators. The telecommunications sector remained flat, which could actually be a promising sign following a string of year-on-year declines. The area’s growth has been bolstered as carriers expand their footprints and bulk up their infrastructures to meet increasing demand for data.

Overall, technology jobs held their own. Their annual growth rate has stood at 2.6 percent for the past three months, with the number of jobs growing to 14.4 million in June.

3 Responses to “Tech Consulting Jobs Gain Strength”

  1. While consulting jobs for the federal government may be due to potential budget cuts as a result of sequestration. The corporate management that I discuss the consulting issue with are far more concerned about the impact of Obamacare – consultants pay their own health care freight. Corporations will look to hire consultants and save money on the Obamacare payments.

    • This is sort of like the rent vs buy argument. Either way, the property tax comes out of the pocket of the individual. The consultants’ rates will reflect having to cover their own healthcare in any case.

      The main point of the story appears to be that there are more high level jobs for more folks. This is good. We like to hear that.

  2. I would be interested to know what is the difference/distinction between “management and technical consulting” and “professional and technical services” jobs. To many, they are one in the same, just at different ends of a continuum of an engagement’s services. If the categories are combined, the growth isn’t as good, breaking them out, shows more growth at the high level top end of the continuum.