CompTIA runs a bimonthly survey of more than 300 IT companies on their spending, R&D, staffing and other aspects of the business. It measures the data and reports it as a confidence index on a 100 point scale, and in December this rating jumped 6.3 point to 56.6, meaning more companies are now viewing the economy in the positive range.
In particular, increasing staffing levels and technology spending are trending in the positive direction, although spending on new revenue initiatives and R&D is flat, the group said.
Tim Hebert, CompTIA's vice president of research, said the next bimonthly survey will be released in March, and will be particular important in telling how well the economy is doing. "We will probably have some additional evidence whether the recovery has truly taken hold," he said.
Although there have been strong earnings reports from companies and shipments of things like PCs pointing in the right direction, Herbert is cautious about his outlook, and doesn't see any quick return to pre-recession employment and spending levels.
As far as employment goes, "the hope will be that employment improves in some way, even if it's only minor improvement," Herbert said.
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