CompTIA: Tech Unemployment Rate at Lowest Level in Two Years
The unemployment rate for information technology reached a two-year low in July as tech sector companies increased their staffing, according to an analysis by CompTIA, a nonprofit IT industry association based in suburban Chicago.
The unemployment rate for tech occupations dropped to 1.5% in July, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, whose data is central to the CompTIA analysis. The report states this is the lowest level since August 2019 and is close to the historic low of 1.3%.
“Beyond the headline figures, the underlying data tells a growth story of diverse hiring across tech occupation categories, industry sectors, employer types and locations,” said Tim Herbert, CompTIA’s EVP for research and market intelligence. “It’s not one overriding factor, but a combination of factors contributing to tech employment growth.”
Tech sector employers increased employment by 10,700 positions last month. Three employment categories accounted for the gains. Companies added 5,200 workers in IT services and custom software development, 4,000 in other information services, including search engines, and 1,800 in data processing, hosting and related services.
Tech occupations in all sectors of the U.S. economy increase by 178,000 positions in July, while employer job postings for IT positions surpassed 318,500, an increase of more than 7,000 from the previous month.
The Dallas metro market recorded the largest month over month gain in tech jobs postings (+2,960), followed by New York (+2,058), Los Angeles (+1,906), Chicago (+1,680) and San Francisco (+1,613).
The distribution of jobs by urban area demonstrates the rate at which new locations are competing against established tech centers.
Mitel Introduces Amplify and Velocity Partner Programs
Mitel has rolled out two new cloud-centric partner programs which are jointly intended to help align cloud opportunities with preferred business models.
“As businesses begin to come out of pandemic mode and turn their attention toward growth, demand for cloud communications has exploded and with it, created a huge opportunity for partners to support customers in new ways as they transition to the cloud or look to optimize the power of an existing cloud solution,” said Lana King, channel program vice president at Mitel. “But while we’re seeing the opportunities expand and evolve, the market has not kept up in terms of offering dedicated cloud programs that support the different skills and range of the channel community. We created Mitel’s Amplify and Velocity programs to close that gap and enable each partner to deliver cloud solutions in a way that best fits their business model.”
Designed specifically for the agent community, Mitel’s Amplify program offers free sales and technical enablement certifications, a dedicated account manager, deal registration, and specialized support for sales, marketing and technical.
Mitel’s Velocity program expands the resource, reward and recognition benefits for partners who seek to play a deeper role in cloud service delivery and customer engagement. As a specialized track within Mitel’s partner program, certified Velocity Partners receive dedicated business planning, executive support, and additional recognition. Velocity is currently available for Partner Managed partners with plans to extend program coverage to include additional partner delivered models for MiCloud Connect and Mitel’s private cloud offering, MiCloud Flex.
Both programs are intended to offer maximum flexibility for partners as demand for UCaaS accelerates.
Cradlepoint Rolls Out Partner Management Platform
Cradlepoint, an Idaho based company specializing in cloud-delivered LTE and 5G wireless network edge solutions, has launched “Cradlepoint Cascade,” a new engagement platform supporting the company’s partner program.
Capabilities include comprehensive access to a variety of data such as license information, renewals, deal registration, and compliance issues. Other resources include product collateral, technical details, price lists and training/enablement leading to specialized designations.
At Cradlepoint, we are leading the way when it comes to providing solutions that help organizations realize the promise of Wireless WAN and 5G, but this would not be possible without our incredible ecosystem of partners,” “Cascade is simply about ensuring these partners have the tools and resources they need to do their job effectively.
“By adding this new portal to the Cradlepoint Partner Program, we are bolstering our collective efforts to deliver effective solutions that transform businesses and drive results,” said Eric Purcell, senior vice president of global partner sales at Cradlepoint.
The platform is designed to offer channel partners a streamlined experience to support the sale of Cradlepoint’s 5G and Wireless WAN solutions.