Go figure. In a time of mass layoffs in the telecom sectors, a Techies.com report released today says requests for telecom workers is up.
The job-search site's Tech Skills Demand index compares the change in top 20 skills demanded in its more than 30,000 job openings by more than 2,000 employers between October 2000 and March 2001.
Telecom is the 19th-most-requested ability in March — up from not even making the list in October — while TCP/IP networking protocols workers went from 17th place in October to 12th in March.
This is the first such index, Techies.com spokeswoman Anna Braasch told CEDaily, and should allow the company to provide data and trend information to its clients. Braasch would not speculate on what the data indicates as far as any more developments in telecom.
She notes, however, that growth was in requests for skills associated with maintenance of clients' existing operations, rather than for skills in developing new ones.
The data is derived from clients' job listings, under which they can list five skills, she says. Of 30,000 listings, 3.4 percent requested telecom skills. They may specify other skills, such as knowledge of routers, but that wouldn't show in the data.
Other findings include Unix as No. 1 requested skill (14.6 percent), with C++ (13.5 percent) and Java (13.3 percent) not far behind. In October, Java headed the list at 15.6 percent, with C++ at a healthy 13.9 percent and Unix at 13.3 percent.