(Business in Vancouver) Tech jobs back at peak levels and increasing: BCTIA

By Jennifer Harrison

Thursday, February 23, 2012 – The province’s technology sector has weathered the global downturn and will create thousands of new jobs in the coming year, according to the latest survey of B.C. tech companies.

A BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) report says that technology companies in B.C. expect to generate at least 3,000 new jobs this year, up more than 5% from the year before.

The biggest demand will be for software and hardware engineers, customer support staff, technical managers and sales and marketing staff.

“Our industry has added back all of the jobs lost in the downturn and has returned to peak employment levels,” said BCTIA president and CEO Bill Tam. “We’re now ready to set the course for the next decade, driving new records for industry employment and revenues.”

He added, “This robust job growth shows the resilience of B.C.’s technology sector.”

TechTalentBC, a bi-annual BCTIA survey of B.C. technology companies, shows that respondents increased their number of employees by more than 12% between September 2010 and September 2011.

Those same companies predict a need for at least 3,000 and potentially as many as 4,000 new employees between now and September 2012.

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