Announcements

  • November 2020 Index: IT Employment Continues to Rebound

    In October, IT employment increased by 0.53% to
    5,184,600 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has declined by 3.20% since October 2019 shedding 171,300 IT workers.
  • Register Today for THE Event for IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Firms!

    For over three decades, TechServe Alliance has hosted the only educational and networking event exclusively designed for owners, executives, account executives and recruiters working in the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry.

    While we are unable to gather in person in 2020, TechServe has fully leveraged the reach of a cutting-edge online platform and its unique access to inspiring thought leaders, the industry’s top performers, subject matter experts and an elite group of extraordinary trainers for our inaugural Virtual Event.

    Keynotes:
    • The IT & Engineering Staffing Industry: Where Are We Now? What Lies Ahead?
    • Inside the Mind of the Client: CIOs & IT Leaders Speak
    • What Lies Ahead: An Economic and Financial Market Perspective
    • What Will Drive IT & Engineering Staffing Firm Success in the Future?

    Interactive Breakout Sessions including:
    • Success Stories: Landing New Clients in a “Work from Home” World
    • The Lean IT & Engineering Staffing Firm: Driving Extraordinary Profitability By Rethinking the Sales & Recruiting Model
    • Avoiding Legal Minefields in a Post-Pandemic World • The Taxman Giveth: Proven Strategies That Minimize IT & Engineering Staffing Firm Tax Liability
    • The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations
    • The New TechServe Alliance M&A Marketplace: A Better Way to Value, Buy & Sell Firms Under $15 Million in Revenue
    • And many others!
  • IT & Engineering Employment Continues to Improve; Posting Strong Growth in September

    In September, IT employment increased by 0.47% to 5,158,000 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has declined by 3.70% since September 2019 shedding 198,400 IT workers.
  • Honoring Excellence in the New Normal – Apply Now!

    In light of the disruption triggered by the public health crisis, TechServe has developed a new, more personal way of celebrating your team members who have excelled and inspired others during this “New Normal.”

    The 2020 TechServe "Excellence in the New Normal" provides TechServe companies the opportunity to nominate individuals from their firm who have demonstrated excellence during these unprecedented times, including those who have:

    • Inspired Others
    • Lifted Team Spirits
    • Exceeded Expectations
    • Responded to Challenges with Extraordinary Creativity

    The winning submissions will be featured during TechServe's Virtual Event, November 10-12, 2020. Submission Deadline is Monday, October 12th.
  • Sept. 2020 Index: Reversing Slide, IT Employment Turns Positive in August

    In August, IT employment increased by 0.40% to 5,133,600 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions Industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has declined by 4.12% since August 2019 shedding 220,400 IT workers.
  • How Does Your Firm Stack Up? Dashboard Survey Open Now!

    After a brutal Spring, it appears that KPIs for the IT & Engineering Staffing Industry have stabilized through June and July. The recently released results from our IT & Engineering Staffing Industry Dashboard™ indicate that while the impact of economic fallout from COVID-19 is very uneven among firms and highly dependent on client mix, the industry is fortunate to be more resilient than other sectors.

    Do you know how your firm stacked up against other firms in August? Complete the Dashboard survey by September 9th and receive a custom Dashboard to benchmark your performance in August against industry peers as well as gauge progress over time.
  • IT & Engineering Staffing Industry Stabilizes in July

    Consultants on Billing Down 8.3%: New Job Orders Down 30% From Pre-Pandemic Levels

    TechServe Alliance announced the most recent data from its IT & Engineering Staffing Dashboard™, sponsored by CEIPAL. IT & engineering headcount stabilized in June and July (flat and up 0.5%, respectively) after dropping March through May. While improved from its low point in April, New Job Orders are down 29.6% from pre-pandemic levels foreshadowing ongoing headwinds in the coming months.

    Learn more
  • Benchmarking Report Highlights Secular Drivers of Growth and Profitability

    The 2020 TechServe Alliance Operating Practices Report is now available. As the only annual benchmarking analysis exclusively focused on the IT & engineering staffing industry, the TechServe Alliance OPR provides the essential data to successfully manage your firm during these tumultuous times.

    The OPR highlights a number of secular trends that transcend the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including:

    • Scale matters: smaller firms are less profitable (as percentage revenue)
    • High-profit spend less on sales than the typical firm
    • The most firms focus on direct client relationships and avoid VMS/MSP business
    • For those focused on direct client relationship business, one job advertising provider leads the pack as the source for candidates

    Learn more about the 2020 Operating Practices Report below. The Sales & Recruiter Metrics Report will be released soon.

  • August 2020 Trends Report - GDP Climbing Out of the Hole

    TechServe Alliance members have access to the monthly ITR Economics Trends Report. Members can click here to access the report.
  • Want to Know How Your Firm Stacks Up? Complete the Next Dashboard Survey by August 18th

    TechServe Alliance has released Industry Data for its first IT & Engineering Staffing Dashboard™ survey (reflecting median data for February through May). The "Dashboard" provides timely insights on the impact of COVID-19 on IT & engineering staffing firm performance including:

    • Consultants on Billing declined 8.8% -- faring better than most other sectors of the economy
    • Direct Hire Placements dropped an astounding 45%
    • Job Reqs dropped 43% -- a foreboding sign for the coming months
    • While the Rate of Starts declined, so did the Rate of Stops
    • Fill Rates improved
    • Plus lots of additional insights …

    Complete the next survey by Tuesday, August 18th to have your data included in this month’s Dashboard survey and receive a custom Dashboard showing your KPIs benchmarked against the industry.
  • August 2020 Index: IT Employment Decline Slows in July

    In July, IT employment declined by 0.47% to 5,114,800 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has dropped by 4.41% since July 2019 shedding 236,000 IT jobs.
  • July 2020 Index: IT Employment Declines Markedly Again in June

    In June, IT employment again declined markedly by 1.46% to 5,137,100 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment has dropped by 3.95% since June 2019 shedding 211,400 IT workers.
  • LAST CALL: IT & Engineering Staffing Dashboard™ Benchmark Survey Deadline Today

    The monthly “Dashboard” will allow participating organizations to benchmark their performance against industry peers as well as gauge progress over time. On a quarterly basis, the survey will also measure staffing firm adoption of technologies that enhance efficiency and operational effectiveness and will serve as the basis for the new Tech Stack Competitiveness Index™ for the IT & Engineering Staffing Industry.

    In future months, the survey will “remember” each firm’s historical responses and should take only 5 minutes to submit. Each participating firm will receive on a monthly basis their data benchmarked against industry peers and a “Dashboard” tracking their progress on KPIs. Metrics collected as part of the brief monthly survey will be kept confidential by TechServe. There is no cost to participate.

  • Alert: Risks of International Travel for H-1B Consultants

    In the coming weeks, the Administration is expected to issue a number of proposals that if enacted, would severely restrict legal immigration. While some of these restrictions will only be proposals and will not take effect immediately, the expected executive action that will likely be implemented in the near-term include a ban on entry of H-1B non-immigrants for a period of time - possibly in the range of 120 days.
     
    If you have consultants who may be traveling internationally in the next few weeks, please be aware they may experience difficulty reentering the U.S. We recommend that H-1B beneficiaries or their employer consult with immigration counsel before traveling internationally.
     
    Other Possible Future Restrictions:
    • Imposing an additional $20k fee on all H-1B petitions
    • Redefine key terms like "specialty occupation", "employee", "employer", "employer-employee relationship"
    • Requiring both staffing firms and clients to jointly file LCAs
    • Increasing wage levels
    • Eliminate employment authorization for H-4 dependent spouses
    • Rescinding the STEM OPT Extension 

    TechServe Alliance will keep you updated on further developments as they become known.
  • June 2020 Index: IT Employment Declines Markedly in May, Though Continues to Show More Resilience

    In May, IT employment declined markedly by 1.63% to 5,211,500 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment dropped by 2.52% since May 2019 shedding 134,700 IT workers.
  • NEW COVID-19 Developments from TechServe Alliance

    NEW COVID-19 Developments from TechServe Alliance: https://bit.ly/2WTzZap 

    Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Guidance Issued; More Changes Expected
    The Small Business Administration and Department of Treasury released the overdue requirements and forgiveness guidelines for Paycheck Protection Program loans. The guidance is in the form of instructions, definitions, and a fillable PDF application that the borrower seeking forgiveness would submit to the lender.

    Accommodating At-Risk Employees Amid COVID-19
    This article compiles some guidance from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to help employers during the coronavirus pandemic.

    CDC Activities and Initiatives Supporting the COVID-19 Response
    This document briefly summarizes CDC’s initiatives, activities, and tools in support of the Whole-of-Government response to COVID-19.

  • May 2020 Index: Despite Precipitous Drop, IT Employment Far More Resilient than Overall Job Market

    In March, IT employment dropped .86% or 45,800 workers to 5,300,200 IT jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry.  It was the largest single month drop since March 2009.  On a year-over-year basis, IT employment is down by 0.82% since April 2019 or 43,600 IT workers.
  • Special Certification Program Offer for TechServe Members

    TechServe is offering members a special discount along with the introduction of the new Online Learning CenterPay only $250 for the online exam or $350 for online exam and exam specific training webinars -- a savings of $145! Use code CERT2020 at check out to secure the special rate. This is a limited time offer - register today!

    Sign up for the Certification Program and receive an invitation to participate in an exclusive certification training-only webinar with one of the author’s of the Certification Program exam, Barb Bruno, President, Good as Gold Training and author of the newly released book "High-tech – High Touch Recruiting." This is a great opportunity to ask questions about the exam and the important content it covers.

    You must register by June 10th to participate in this special webinar. 

  • Introducing Online Learning Center for Members

    The new TechServe Alliance Online Learning Center is your easy-to-navigate portal for CPSR/CPSAE Certification resources and webinars developed especially for the IT & engineering staffing and solutions professional.

    Webinars Archive Browse - TechServe's multi-year webinar archive searchable by topic of interest, speaker and more. TechServe webinars keep you and your team current on the latest industry research, trends, best practices and legislative issues.

    Certification Catalog - Easily access resources to participate in TechServe's CPSR/CPSAE Certification Program the Industry's only professional certification covering best practices in the IT & engineering staffing industry.

    My Learning Access - your viewed webinars and claim certification continuing education credits.

    Click here to access your Dashboard and begin your Online Learning Center experience today! Login using your membership account.
  • Two New Tools Added to your ComplianceHR Navigator Suite

    Two new tools have been added to your TechServe Alliance ComplianceHR Navigator Suite of solutions!

    As a TechServe Alliance member, you have complimentary access to ComplianceHR's Navigator Suite, an on-demand suite of powerful compliance tools. Two new tools have been added to this robust member resource to help you address ever-changing employment law requirements.

    The COVID-19 Automated Application is designed to address the most pressing questions and identify answers to help guide and ensure compliance during this unprecedented time.

    PolicySmart is an intuitive compliance tool that provides employers with national and state specific policy models, a unique compliance timeline, and so much more. PolicySmart allows users to easily create and maintain legally compliant policies that are cost effective, fully customizable, and delivered on demand.
  • Latest updates on the TechServe Alliance COVID-19 Resources

    The latest updates on the TechServe Alliance COVID-19 Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms page https://bit.ly/3eCsxY1:

    1.  Reopening a Business After the Coronavirus Shutdown
      As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to have an unprecedented effect on daily life, many business owners are looking forward to the future and a return to normalcy. However, even when stay-at-home orders are lifted and nonessential businesses are allowed to resume operations, there’s a lot for organizations to consider before they reopen their doors. https://bit.ly/3aqtvTK
    2. Preventing Remote Employee Burnout During the COVID-19 Pandemic
      This HR Insights article explains how employers can help prevent burnout while employees work remotely during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. https://bit.ly/3asb2pY
  • April 2020 Index: Calm Before the Storm; IT Jobs Tick Down

    While unemployment has surged in the past two weeks in response to the mass layoffs triggered by Covid-19, the IT Index ticked down only modestly
    in March. This reflects the fact that the BLS survey upon which the index is based was collected earlier in the month as well as operational impediments amid the crisis. In March, IT employment ticked down .03% to 5,348,500 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by a mere 0.10% since March 2019 adding 5,600 IT workers.
  • NEW Developments on TechServe Alliance COVID-19 Resources Page

    NEW COVID-19 developments on the TechServe Alliance COVID-19 Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms page. https://bit.ly/2UxhE1K

    Recent updates include:

    President Trump Extends Federal Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30
    On Sunday, March 29, 2020, President Donald Trump announced he was extending the federal social distancing guidelines for an additional 30 days to help contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).


    I-9 Form In-Person Rule May Be Deferred for Coronavirus
    Under guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 20, 2020, employers will not necessarily have to be in the physical presence of a new employee when verifying his or her identity as part of the I-9 Form process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    CARES Act Expands Health Coverage Rules
    On March 27, 2020, the U.S. Congress enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) to provide $2.2 trillion in federal funding to address the coronavirus crisis. The new law also includes several provisions affecting health plan coverage. This Legal Update summarizes the CARES Act's coverage changes. 

  • Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 Developments from TechServe Alliance

    Keep up-to-date with COVID-19 developments on the TechServe Alliance COVID-19 Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms page. Recent updates include:

    COVID-19 Automated Compliance Resources
    Navigate through the most pressing questions and identify answers to help guide and ensure compliance during this unprecedented time. 

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act - Questions and Answers
    As part of sweeping legislation—the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)—signed into law by President Trump on March 18, 2020, two laws were enacted that provide workers with paid leave for reasons related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Employee Compensation and Benefits During Closures and Furloughs
    As business closures increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are faced with questions about compensation and health benefit coverage for their employees. Government relief measures may provide compensation for businesses and individuals in certain situations. In other cases, existing rules on employee rights will apply.

  • We Continually Refresh Our COIVD-19 Page with Updates & Resources

    3.25.20
    Congress Agrees to $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Bill
    On Wednesday, March 25, 2020—after days of debate—Congress agreed to a $2 trillion economic rescue package designed to provide financial assistance to Americans and their families, and billions of dollars in loans for businesses. Voting is expected midday. The package is the largest fiscal stimulus in modern U.S. history and is the government’s most recent response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

    3.24.20
    DOL Outlines Coronavirus Relief Law’s Paid Leave Requirements
    On March 24, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) issued guidance explaining the paid leave requirements under the federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).

    3.24.20
    Engaging Remote Employees During the Coronavirus Pandemic
    The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused unprecedented changes for many industries. As social distancing is encouraged, gatherings with over 10 people are banned and stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for all nonessential employees are issued, many employers are asking their employees to work from home.

  • Coronavirus Resources Update

    Access model letters and policies and the latest news impacting the IT & engineering staffing industry during the spread of COVID-19. Visit the TechServe COVID-19 resources page.

    We will continue to refresh this page with additional updates and resources as they become available.

  • COVID-19 Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms

    TechServe Alliance has developed a compilation of resources for IT & engineering staffing firms. As the COVID-19 situation unfolds, we are committed to keeping you informed of issues impacting your business and your teams. This page will be refreshed with additional updates and resources as they become available.

  • OPR Survey Deadline Extended until March 25th - Don't Miss Out!

    The deadline has been extended until March 25th!

    We hope this extension will allow you to participate in the 2020 TechServe Alliance Operating Practices and Sales & Recruiter Metrics Survey – the IT & engineering staffing and solutions industry's foremost benchmarking analysis. The resulting reports cover every aspect of your firm's operations, offering deep insight into the numbers and practices that drive growth and profitability – essential tools for you to measure, analyze and improve your business.

  • Coronavirus - Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms

    With increasing concern over the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., we wanted to quickly disseminate a compilation of resources for member firms. As the situation develops, we are committed to keeping you informed of issues impacting your business and your teams.

    Coronavirus - Resources for IT & Engineering Staffing Firms

    Wishing you, your teams and families all the best as we weather this challenge.

  • IT Jobs Kick Off New Year Ticking Down

    In January, IT employment ticked down 0.01% to 5,351,300 jobs, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment grew by only 0.08% since January 2019 adding a mere 4,500 IT workers.
  • TechServe Alliance 2020 Operating Practices Report Survey is Now Open!

    You are invited to participate in the 2020 TechServe Alliance Operating Practices and Sales & Recruiter Metrics Survey – the IT & engineering staffing and solutions industry's foremost benchmarking analysis. The resulting reports cover every aspect of your firm's operations, offering deep insight into the numbers and practices that drive growth and profitability – essential tools for you to measure, analyze and improve your business.

    For 2020, we have enhanced the survey to capture metrics on:

    • Consultant Ghosting
    • Early Stops
    • Time to Submit
    • Time to Fill
    • LinkedIn Spend & Effectiveness
    • Talent Acquisition Technology Spend
    • Expanded Benchmarking on Benefits for Internal Staff & Consultants

    In return for participating, TechServe Alliance members receive at NO COST:

    • The 2019 Operating Practices and Sales & Recruiter Metrics Reports
    • Custom Performance Analysis - a confidential report sent directly to you comparing your firm with similar participating firms.
    • Profit Toolkit - an online interactive tool to assist your financial planning and compare your firm with others.

    The deadline to complete the survey is March 15, 2020.

  • IT Employment Enters 2020 on a Downward Trajectory

    In December, IT employment ticked down .04% to 5,346,700 jobs last month according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment was down 0.06% since December 2018 shedding 3,400 IT workers on a net basis.
  • IT Employment Ticks Down Year-Over-Year

    In November, IT employment ticked down .07% to 5,347,800 jobs last month according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, IT employment was down 0.01% since November 2018 shedding 500 IT workers on a net basis.