Pace, SkillPROOF release new index of IT job demand
Pace University and SkillPROOF Inc. started a new quarterly index of major companiesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ demand for information-technology specialists. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s designed to help students choose careers, job seekers target their searches, and human resources officers gauge emerging needs for skills and anticipate where high demand will drive up salaries, according to Susan Merritt, dean of PaceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems in White Plains, which oversaw development of the index. It could also help educators and policymakers target needs for professional training, she said in a written statement. SkillPROOF is a Manhattan-based company that provides information and tools for the job market. The index, called the Pace SkillPROOF Information Technology Index, or PSII, gauges overall demand for IT workers and demand in eleven subcategories used by the U.S. Department of Labor. It comes from job postings for IT jobs by major companies in Manhattan and Westchester County, including IBM, Google, TimeWarner, Citigroup, General Electric and McGraw-Hill. Data will be updated and posted on the Pace University Web site (www.pace.edu/PSII) on the second Tuesday of each business quarter. Third-quarter figures for Manhattan showed an increase of more than 60 percent over last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s third quarter, while Westchester IT jobs were up 43 percent. Ã¢â‚¬Å“The idea that computing jobs are rushing offshore is a myth, and this provides objective proof,Ã¢â‚¬? Merritt said in a statement.