April tech placements were primarily in B2B Big Data, Disruptive Software, ePayment, Enterprise Platforms, Cloud Collaboration, and Wearable Health Technology sectors. Recruiting activity was hottest for Alliance Managers, Mobile and Content Product Managers, Senior Software, Firmware and Full Stack Software Engineers, and Senior Web Developers.
The jobs report showed a gain of 288,000 jobs, much better than the 212,000 analysts predicted. Those gains were spread throughout various sectors, led by employment growth in professional and business services (+75,000), retail trade (+35,000), food services and drinking places, and construction. Employment increased in management of companies (+12,000) and in computer systems design (+9,000). Monthly revised job gains now average 238,000 over the past 3 months, up significantly from the 190,000 per month average in the 12 months prior to April.
The TechServe Alliance reports growth in IT and Engineering job numbers for the first quarter 2014. “While engineering jobs grew at a more tepid rate in line with the overall U.S. job market, IT employment finished the first quarter on a strong note,” stated Mark Roberts, CEO of TechServe Alliance. “Beyond BLS’s numbers, we see this strong demand for IT talent play out in the complete exhaustion of the H-1B visa cap in just days.
The First Quarter Vistage CEO Confidence Index results showed that 58% of CEOs plan on hiring in the year ahead – the highest percentage since 2007! In fact firms reported that the main issues they were now facing was finding, hiring, and training new staff, exceeding concerns about health care costs and economic uncertainty.
Online labor demand has edged up 28,900 in April according to the Conference Board: “April’s modest rise follows a lackluster first quarter and leaves the job market basically flat for the year,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board. “Employers are replacing the workers that leave, as evidenced by the churn in the labor market — roughly 5 million advertised vacancies each month — but so far we haven’t seen demand for new workers that would help whittle down the unemployed.”