The big numbers cited in stories about the hiring plans at Indian outsourcers always blow me away. For instance, according to this Wharton article, the IT industry in India plans to hire 400,000 people this year, potentially its largest hiring year ever. (Though to be fair, the attrition rates at the top 10 companies was 13 to 30 percent last year.)
IT Employment Trends to Watch in 2011
Two-in-five IT employers plan to increase hiring in 2011, up 10 percent from 2010.
Another big number: In 2009, it took just five weeks to reach 200,000 layoffs at U.S. tech companies. Though the government jobs report this morning seemed positive, clearly not all those jobs will be coming back. My colleague Ann All quoted Forrester Research analyst Andrew Bartels saying:
... it "suggests that it is certainly possible that ... companies with good profits have chosen to invest in technologies that allow them to operate with fewer employees on a broad enough basis to be hurting job growth in the U.S."
Yet the rate of layoffs has slowed dramatically and Challenger Gray & Christmas CEO John Challenger just this week called the technology sector "quite strong."
There are tech jobs out there. We've reported on a number of companies' hiring plans for the year, so I decided to pull together some numbers. These are some of the companies that we know are hiring:
Meanwhile, Forbes calls these, including Microsoft, "the tech companies hiring the most right now":
And based on a Fortune slideshow from January:
It's a safe bet, though, that any of the companies listed in that slideshow have some tech jobs as well. And the report from payroll processor ADP said most of the hiring activity is taking place at small- and mid-size businesses, so expect jobs there, though the numbers won't be large.
In addition, experts say we should expect hiring to pick up with the planned initial public offerings at LinkedIn and Pandora. "Over 90 percent of hiring at venture-backed companies occurs after they sell shares to the public, according to the most recent survey from the National Venture Capital Association and IHS Global Insight," says FINS Technology.