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Usher joins a flood of IT workers who in the last few months have been landing jobs and receiving multiple offers not seen in years. In fact, some IT staffing company executives say January and February hiring marks the biggest increase they've ever seen.

I pulled this out of the hiring link.
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Shame on you for jumping on the "band wagon" so quickly without reading the whole story! What others readers should know is SOME companies are reporting increases in hiring because they are converting contract jobs to permanent positions. This is nothing more than a "slick" manpower maneuver for companies to fend off unwanted attacks involving outsourcing and the dismal high tech job outlook caused from the industry outsourcing. Companies are still selling out America! Shame on them!
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I read the article and got the impression there is an increase in hiring. While some are contractors going perm, that was not suggested as the bulk of the new hires.
Moreover, there was no mention of such actions being used for political reasons. Rather, the article suggested, and I would agree, that it demonstrates a committment to IT, whereas contract workers are still a sign of companies hedging their IT bets.
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Hmmm. I missed the good stuff on the first time through. There's such as thing as TOO much indirection on an article. This is the "executive summary" for executives who don't intend to find out what's really going on.
Coca-Cola canned (no pun intended ) a substantial number of people 2 years ago. Home Depot is, IIRC, a firm believer in offshoring. So any moves they make committing to full-time local employment are significant.
Jan/Feb weren't as putrid locally as some previous months, but the market was clouded by the fact that a major company relocated into town and started a project whereby a 40-year old COBOL mainframe system is to be redesigned and implemented in J2EE. That such an effort should even be initiated is a sign that someone's feeling optimistic. In fact, the only reason I haven't been more upbeat about it is that while they were getting set up to hire a few dozen new people for the big project, about 1500 other people at various neighboring companies were being tossed out on the pavement.
Now it's March. We'll have to see how it plays out!
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