Optimism, Security and Confidence: IT Workers' Outlook on Jobs and the Economy Holds Steady in Q4

  • jobs & the economy
  • March 14, 2014

As recently reported by Randstad, technologies in 2014 will be a year filled with continued mobile application development, Big Data, cloud computing, web development—and more jobs in all of the above. Randstad’s 2014 Hot Jobs Technologies Report concluded that there are promising career prospects in the field, but not enough talent in which to fill the openings. 

Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there will be a substantial increase in job openings resulting from the need to replace workers who retire, or otherwise permanently leave a position. Job openings due to replacement needs are expected in every occupation, even those, unlike technologies, that are projected to decline in employment.

Of the top IT markets to work in in 2014, as reported on by IT Business Edge, Charlotte, NC, Austin, TX and Richmond, VA round out the top three.

From the Desk of Bob Dickey,
Randstad Group President for Technologies and Engineering

For IT, 2014 has started off strong. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the month of January alone, roughly 2.93 million people were employed in the information technology space—up 5,300 from December.

There has been in increase in emerging technologies, like web and mobile application development, Big Data and SaaS, which has led to even greater need for this already scarce population of talent. Candidates in this market are receiving multiple job offers and more and more, information technology companies are turning to staffing firms to aid in fielding the best and brightest workers for their most in-demand skill sets.

A closer look at the findings: 


This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Technologies among 3,113 adults ages 18 and older, of which 166 are employed in IT. Data was collected October 8-10, November 6-8 and December 3-5, 2013. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact lesly.cardec@randstadusa.com. 

About the Randstad Technologies Employment Report

This quarterly Randstad Technologies Employment Report provides a snapshot of the latest workforce trends among information technology professionals across the country. Three key indices are measured: the IT Job Security Index, which captures how likely respondents think it is that they will lose their job or that their job will be eliminated in the next 12 months; the IT Job Transition Index, which captures how likely respondents are to look for a new job in the next 12 months; and the Employee Confidence Index that measures employees’ overall confidence in the economy, their employer and their ability to find other employment.

The Employee Confidence Index is calculated from the results of four components that reflect these aspects of employee confidence. For each component item a ‘score’ is calculated by taking the difference of the percentage of positive responses and the percentage of negative responses. These four scores are then averaged to indicate an overall level of employee confidence and is then scaled from 0 (no confidence) to 100 (complete confidence). A reading above 50 indicates a positive confidence level.

About Randstad Technologies

Randstad Technologies has been connecting top companies around the globe with the expert technology talent and solutions that drives their success since 1984. Our deep industry expertise and full-service capabilities—Recruitment, Consulting, Projects, and Outsourcing—enable organizations to be agile, productive, and ahead in the field with their wide network of specialists and flexible solutions.

For more information, please visit www.randstadtechnologies.com.