As usual, the demand for IT talent seems to be as predictable as the U.S. economy, up one week, down the next; you never know what you’re going to get. After being in the staffing industry for many years, there is still no accurate way to forecast its constant ebb and flow.
As of a month ago we were having difficulty keeping up with the demand for contractors – now I am trying to spend an extraordinary amount of time filling an enormous increase in direct hire placements – as the need for consultants has seemed to decrease. Being that was the end of the summer, we can blame vacation time, but that’s the same as predicting slowness around the holidays, and it turns out to be one of the busiest times of the year.
The truth is that within the staffing industry, when it comes to the volume of hiring, there is no predictability, especially during a slow recovery. It’s easy to predict a decrease when times like 2008 hit, but with what feels like an average growth of .09% in GDP over the last few years, no one can claim to be an expert at predicting trends. All the CIO and hiring surveys in the world mean nothing when the decisions come down to budgets.
I can confidently make one prediction, however. Hiring in the healthcare IT space is through the roof and only going to go higher by the day.
As someone once said, “It’s a big (expletive deleted) deal”.
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