Profile of Marianne Kolbasuk McGeeSenior Writer, InformationWeek
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Marianne Kolbasuk McGee is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Marianne Kolbasuk McGee
posted in February 2009
Compared with other job sectors, the IT labor force has been holding up relatively well during the recession. And now there's an extra boost -- the government's economic stimulus programs should fuel demand for new tech talent in several key areas.
The provisions are expected to affect new hires, not existing H-1B visa holders in the United States looking to renew their visas.
The sweeping $787 billion economic stimulus bill signed yesterday by President Obama contains billions of dollars in tech-related spending. With this bill, and plans by the Obama administration to soon name "the first" federal CTO, one has to wonder how the federal government has been doing in its own use of IT till now.
As much as $21 billion in the Senate version of the bill would go to health care IT.
From an e-government czar and CTO to an architect and administrator.
The $21 billion for health IT programs in the U.S. economic stimulus bill will create career opportunities and fuel educational programs for professionals to acquire a mix of technology and clinical expertise.
Are IT jobs defying gravity as overall U.S. employment figures continue to tank? Latest monthly employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and a recent IT pay trends study by research firm Foote Partners sheds some insight into what IT skills remain hot in an ice-cold jobs climate.
If the global economy doesn't improve over the next six months, there's likely to be more industry consolidation, not only involving IT services providers, but especially among big outsourcing clients, predicts Girish Paranjpe, joint CEO of Wipro Technologies.