More guidance on finding an IT job; no indication of how many are being filled

Studies predict lots of hiring, especially in cloud, virtualization, security

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Most IT career analysts, IT hiring and placement companies and job-ad businesses agree that hiring in IT will go up to some degree this year, but most don't say where.

Like the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which provide lots of numbers about employment but no help in finding a job, the IT-specific reports predict overall hiring trends but don't always give enough information on what tech specialties, vertical industries or geographic regions offer the best opportunities.

Or, rather, each gives some of the information, but none gives all the data you need.

Robert Half International breaks down IT hiring by region and by skill set, but both tend to be too general.

Janco Associates offers generalized predictions and lots of specifics on salary ranges and movement.

Dice.com offers more specifics because it can take them directly from the ads the CIOs and hiring managers are placing.

In its analysis of the hot skill sets and topics in recent job ads, cloud computing is the unquestioned star. There's nothing else even close to No. 1.

Job ads for cloud computing skills are up 294 percent compared to the same time last year. Ads for information security jobs are up 104 percent; JavaScript programming skills are up 98 percent; virtualization is up 92 percent and ads for HTML specialists are up 85 percent.

Dice did a survey, too. It shows almost half of respondents plan to increase their IT staffs by 10 percent. A third expect to increase as much as 20 percent.

It may just be that it's so early in the year, but so far I haven't seen a lot of evidence showing a sudden rush of hiring in IT.

If you're seeing a better picture (or a worse one) let me know. Hiring new IT people is the best evidence a company is really committed to its new projects and its existing staff, which seems an important thing to know.

Kevin Fogarty writes about enterprise IT for ITworld. Follow him on Twitter @KevinFogarty.

Plus, of course, it gives a lot of people jobs, which never hurts.

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