Software development continues as bright spot in tech hiring

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New hiring in custom software development and in computer and electronics manufacturing continue to spark job growth in the IT sector, according to CompTIA, the leading technology industry association.

Looking at the latest jobs figures for November from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, CompTIA said IT services and custom software development added 3,800 jobs to the workforce in November, bringing the total of added positions to 115,700 jobs for the year.

Likewise, computer and electronics product manufacturing also posted another strong month of hiring, adding an estimated 3,800 jobs.

All told, the IT sector grew by an estimated 8,100 jobs in November, according to Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence at CompTIA.

The services and custom software category has been the primary jobs engine for the tech industry this year, Herbert noted. For the year, this category is up an estimated 115,700 jobs.

Also seeing hiring increases were data processing, hosting and related services which increased by an estimated 2,000 jobs, and information services, including search portals, which increased by 1,800 job positions.

But the hiring picture in tech wasn’t rosy in all categories. In November, the telecommunications sector shed approximately 3,300 jobs. Telecommunications has posted only two months of positive job growth this year. In total, an estimated 55,100 jobs have been lost in telecommunications as that sector continues to migrate away from legacy products and services.

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