Illinois sees a sharp rise in IT sector job postings for second quarter of 2015

Illinois is seeing a spike in information technology (IT) job postings with the second quarter of 2015 seeing a 90 percent jump over the same period last year.

A labor market analysis conducted by the IT trade association CompTIA showed more than 53,000 jobs posted in Illinois in Q2 of 2015, a steep rise from the just over 28,000 posted in Q2 of 2014.

New IT jobs in the Chicago metropolitan area account for most of that increase, with a total around 47,000 postings.

"The number of open IT positions in Chicago, in Illinois and across the country attest to the essential role technology plays in driving economic activity, employment and innovation in virtually every industry and market," Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA, said.

One noteworthy trend in the CompTIA report was that the new job postings were spread across a wide variety of industries and employers. Industries in Illinois looking to hire new IT specialists included companies in management consulting, technology services, software development, insurance, health care, accounting, banking, retail, education and electronics manufacturing.

Some of the demand for trained IT specialists can be attributed to the rise of cloud-based computing systems and the multitude of business solutions those platforms offer.

"In their own unique way each of these industries is using technology to transform the way business gets done," Thibodeaux said. "But persistent shortages of IT workers has the potential to stall growth and stifle innovation."

Of all Q2 job postings, application and software development jobs accounted for six of the top ten job titles listed. Those were followed by network engineers, systems engineers and administrators.

Around 23,500 tech companies call Illinois home, employing nearly 228,000 people. The average tech industry wage in Illinois is above $91,000, which is significantly higher than the average wage for other private sector jobs in the state.

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