Why IT Jobs Are Never Coming Back

Friday Dec 10th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

A new Hackett Group report says that it's unlikely that corporate IT departments will ever again create large numbers of U.S. jobs.

CIO: A new report from the Hackett Group says that while IT job cuts will level off, it's unlikely that corporate IT departments will hire large numbers of U.S. workers any time in the foreseeable future. In fact, automation, offshoring, and better IT infrastructure have resulted in a net loss of 1.5 million corporate IT jobs in the U.S. during the last ten years.

"Companies have to understand the global marketplace," says Hackett Group's Michel Jannsen. "What we have is an asymmetrical talent war. In Asia or India the question is, 'How do I hire 500 people?' In the U.S. it will be, 'How do I hire 5, 10, or 50?' In the U.S., they will be hiring professionals with very specialized industry skills, the ability to manage in the global context, or experience in new technologies."

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