Editor’s note: This post has been updated with additional detail from NCTA and a quote from NCTA’s Marc Montoro has been revised at NCTA’s request.
RALEIGH, N.C. – A big jobs fair (http://members.nctechnology.org/events/details/come-tech-out-the-triangle-job-fair-q1-17) is coming up this week from NCTA, but a big barometer for how the state’s information technology jobs sector is performing is no longer available.
In January 2008 – the year the great recession began – the North Carolina Technology Association, or NCTA, launched a new monthly jobs report designed to help high-tech workers track availability of jobs by particular skill sets.
Here’s how WRAL TechWire reported the launch on Jan. 29, 2008:
“Information technology job seekers have plenty of opportunities to get hired, according to a new IT job trends report from the North Carolina Technology Association.
“Despite the weakening economy, N.C.-based firms had 3,970 IT job openings in December. Positions range from systems engineering and software development to training and technical writers.
“The data, which was compiled by SkillPROOF, is part of a new monthly data offering NCTA will make available to its more than 400 members.”
On Sunday, NCTA confirmed that the report has been put on hold.
“NCTA paused the Job Trends Report at end of 2014 in order to evaluate the structure, frequency, and content of the report,” said Marc Montoro.
“We are in the process of collecting feedback from our members and partners, so that we can re-release the report down the road.”
The data was based on information provided by talent management firm SkillProof.
.However, the report isn’t doomed.
“We do plan on resuming it and I will definitely keep you in the loop on the timeline,” Montoro said.
NCTA also provided additional background about the decision:
“NCTA paused the IT Job Trends Report at the end of the year to reevaluate it. Over the years we’ve had members offer feedback on additional or different information they would like to see. We have had several distribution partners, and we also launched our first annual State of Industry Report in January, which had some job and salary components to it. We are in the process of receiving and reviewing feedback on both the IT Job Trends Report and NC STIR. So we thought it was a good time to evaluate the report with our members and partners, and hope to resume it in some form, though no specific timeframe as yet.”
Interestingly, the number of high-tech job openings in the state in the last report to end 2014 was 3,700.
That’s 270 lower than the first report seven years ago.
Draw your own conclusions about growth in North Carolina’s high-tech jobs economy.