May 16, 2013

IT Staffing Report

In this issue: U.S. tech jobs rise; H-1B visa issue under debate; Worldwide PC sales down ...

Computer science degrees spike — biggest jump since 1996

16 May 2013

Total information technology employment has grown at a tremendous pace compared to the growth in total U.S. employment over the last 12 years. Yet, growth in the number of undergraduates signing up for computer science degrees has been tepid. However, things have been turning around bit by bit and it... More

US tech jobs rise for 17th month

16 May 2013

The number of U.S. information technology jobs rose in April to more than 4.4 million, an increase of 0.24 percent from the previous month, according to the TechServe Alliance.

US Senate committee discusses immigration bill, H-1Bs

16 May 2013

H-1B visa issues are among the items under debate during discussion of an immigration bill this week by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. H-1B visas are used by companies — including staffing firms — to bring in specialized professionals to the U.S. such as engineers and computer programmers.

Tata settles consultant lawsuit for $30 million

16 May 2013

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (NYSE: TCS.NS) agreed to pay $29.75 million to settle a class action lawsuit that involves as many as 12,600 current and former employees who were brought to the U.S. to work as IT consultants, according to court records.

Softchoice, Wipro deals among public M&A

16 May 2013

Here are recent publicly announced mergers & acquisitions of IT services firms. Today’s announcement includes deals involving Softchoice Corp. (TSX: SO) going private, Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT) acquiring a big data firm.

Contract watch: IBM, CGI, Wipro ...

16 May 2013

Here is a list of the latest information technology services contract announcements. Firms making announcements include IBM (NYSE: IBM), CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A), Wipro Ltd. (NYSE: WIT), Accenture (NYSE: ACN) and SSP.

Canada sharpens temporary foreign worker rules

16 May 2013

Companies operating in Canada that use the Temporary Foreign Worker program will face tougher rules.

Performance gap widens between US IT staffing firms

16 May 2013

The performance gap between “high-profit” information technology staffing companies in the U.S. and typical firms in the industry has reached historic levels, according to the 2013 TechServe Alliance Operating Practices Report released by the TechServe Alliance.