To put that job growth in perspective, overall payroll expansion among all IT services firms during that same period averaged 2.8%. IT services firms have the official moniker of computer systems design and related services, in the lingo of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, within that category are four subgroups that include programming, design, facilities management, and other-related services. Disaster recovery, along with software installation, falls into the "other" grouping.
The other computer-related services added 7,600 jobs in a year, and employs 118.800 people. Still, the size of that subgroup remains much smaller than custom computer programming (up 4.1% or 1,200 to 540,400) and design (up 0.2% or 1,200 to 489,500). The smallest of the four subgroups, facilities management, experienced a rise of 5.3% or 3,200 to 63,700.
Though specific numbers aren't available for each subgroup, overall IT services payroll growth in 2005 rose 2.7% to 1,206,200. All numbers for November and December are preliminary.