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Fewer employees in the IT market

Fewer employees in the IT market

For the first time since the early 1990s, the number of employees in the IT and telecommunications industry is falling. The Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media eV (Bitkom) is expecting 3.4 percent fewer employees for 2002.

This corresponds to a decrease from 819,000 to 791,000 jobs. In 2001 the labor market in the IT sector was still stable with a decline of 0.1 percent or 1000 employees, but rationalization measures have already been announced and are now becoming visible. The hardest hit are manufacturers of IT hardware and communication technology devices, who already cut 4 percent of their jobs last year and, according to Bitkom's assumptions, will now lay off another 9 or 13 percent of the workforce, so that at the end of 2002 in these sectors with 95,000 resp 70,000 jobs are expected. It looks completely different in the area of ​​IT security. According to the association representative Harms, there is still a desperate search for specialists. Harms is still optimistic about the future of the industry and advises school leavers to choose an IT apprenticeship or a computer science or engineering degree. Despite the current economic downturn, this area is still one of the growth sectors in which qualified specialists are in demand even in difficult times, says Harms.