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April 10, 2006 10:28 AM

Tech job outlook improves

Posted by Kristi Heim

The outlook for tech jobs is getting better -- that is, if you count fewer job cuts as an improvement.

Outsourcing consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas report this morning that tech job cuts declined 34 percent from the same quarter last year.

It's the fourth consecutive quarter in which tech job cuts fell below the level they were the year before. The figure for total job cuts in the first three months of 2006 was 39,379, compared to 59,537 last year.

Most of the cuts were attributed to consolidation in the telecom industry. The job outlook is brightest in areas like storage systems administration and information security.

The change was heralded as "territory not seen since the peak of the dot.com era" and IT workers were proclaimed to be "objects of bidding wars among desperate, labor-deprived employers."

Hmm. Since when did losing 40,000 jobs instead of 60,000 jobs suddenly become cause for such elation? Maybe when they report 60,000 new jobs gained I'll feel more optimistic.

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