I heard many times from recruiters that October and November are good days, but what is the reality of IT job market picking up or not picking up around the world or in the US. What are the signs of the direction of the job market?
I am actively looking and the job market has been growing almost exponentionally (even if the exponent is small). It was picking up in October and then right after the election it really took off (even without any political opinions on the outcome, I think the mere resolution of the question was a boon). Check the daily postings of job board sites and you can measure the results yourself.
Even this week and today--right before thanksgiving--I'm getting hit by recruiters trying to reach me. Companies are still being a bit picky, but event hat will change shortly. Many recruiters I know have seen their market flip--they are turning down clients (companies) and actively seeking candidates, instead of shifting through hundreds of resumes.
(I'm not sure of entry level positions.)
Mark Herschberg, author of The Career Toolkit
Here in Toronto, IT jobs, all that the upper levels, have started to appear in the Careers section of the local newspaper. This hasn't happened in years. Anytime a company is looking for an IT Director, there is a good chance they are also looking for managers and staff to report to that director. This is especially odd, given that this is usually one of the slowest times of year.
Here in London, things are looking pretty good. The number of vacancies is up by at least 50% on this time last year. There are also jobs going unfilled for a number of weeks (>4), indicating that candidates are becoming harder to find.