US IT Job Losses Mean Big Opportunities for MSPs in 2021
The United States lost 8,300 IT jobs in November. The loss follows IT jobs gains of 27,300 over the preceding three months of August through October. The results come from a survey of IT executives by Janco Associates.
As IT job losses trend downwards, however, it could mean good news for managed service providers. MSPs offer numerous benefits to organizations going through uncertain times.
Benefits of Managed Services
Outsourcing to an MSP can help companies normalize their IT budgeting. Even with monthly or yearly service agreements, companies can more accurately predict their IT management budgets. Particularly during times of fluctuating staff and payroll, developing an effective and predictable IT budget is crucial for most organizations. During a pandemic, when most companies are relying more on IT for remote work and implementation of new revenue, dealing with shrinking IT staff is not something anyone should have to accept.
IT Staff Hiring
When it comes to hiring IT personnel, already tight labor markets have increased the difficulty in identifying and maintaining adequate IT staff. Because most internal IT departments do not staff similarly to an MSP operation, companies must find highly skilled people in unique areas relevant to their goals; this is no easy task.
Engaging with an MSP can solve this problem. MSPs already have the expertise and human resources capable of servicing clients in a variety of service areas. Particularly if you are looking at short term projects, using an MSP instead of hiring can make a lot of sense.
Downward trending labor markets are never good, particularly for the people losing their jobs. But, MSPs remain ready to help companies and organizations of all sizes get through these difficult times.
So, if your company has experienced a decrease in IT talent, maybe you should reach out to your local MSP and have a discussion.