It was reported this morning that the USA’s employment outlook for IT professionals has suddenly surged, gaining 18,200 jobs, the largest monthly increase since 2008, according to tech employment-research firm Foote Partners. As we all know, the USA has always been a key indicator for economic trends in the UK, so we in the UK should take cheer from these statistics and prepare ourselves for this ‘wave’ to reach our own shores. The report went on to explain this growth in demand…. In July, 4,900 new IT jobs were added in two job segments, telecommunications, and separately "data processing, hosting and related services," Foote Partners said today. Also added were 13,300 other jobs in sectors called "management and technical consulting services" and "computer systems design/related services." The firm says these last two categories, with a combined total of 242,000 jobs added in the past 24 months, have seen solid growth even in the midst of the nation's general economic malaise. David Foote, CEO at Foote Partners, which has been tracking IT labour trends since 1997. Today's findings are based on Foote's analysis of the July 2012 U.S. employment numbers from the Department of Labour’s Bureau of Labour Statistics. "The fact that more than 18,000 new jobs were created last month for people with significant IT skills and experience and nearly 57,000 new jobs added in the past three months is incredibly good news." Become a Swiss Army Knife…. Foote also adds his personal advise for how IT workers can excel within the new wave of jobs expansion. "Many companies are looking for superstars and workers we refer to as 'walking Swiss Army knives' those with the right mix of technology, business and people skills to handle some very tough jobs." More information… If you are an permanent or contract IT Professional and would like to gain some real-world feedback on your current set of IT skills, then feel free to contact the consultant team at Jenrick IT on (01932) 245 500. They will be able to assess your current skill make-up and give you a breakdown of the types of career / contract opportunities that are in demand as well as giving you an accurate guide to your earnings potential. Source: PC Advisor