IT Jobs Booming in India, Not So Much in the U.S.

Paul Lilly

Surprise, surprise, outsourced IT jobs continue to thrive in India , while it's slim pickings for IT admins looking for employment in the U.S..

Wipro, Infosys Technologies, and Tata Consultancy, which are three of India's largest IT services firms, took on a combined 16,700 new workers in the last quarter alone, bringing the total workforce for all three companies to 359,000 strong.

Growth in the U.S. hasn't been quite as robust. According to the TechServe Alliance, an industry group which tracks U.S. monthly labor IT-related occupational data, the U.S. IT workforce dropped from 4 million in November 2008 to 3.81 million in September 2009, with about 11,000 jobs added between then and the end of last month.

From a dollars standpoint, the total market value of outsourcing contracts reached $24.7 billion for the most recent quarter, the best it's been in six quarters, and representing a sequential increase of 47 percent.

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