New data released by the government shows that the economy returned to growth in the third quarter, signaling the end of the nearly two-year recession. But as businesses return to growth, increased IT spending is sure to follow suit.

Over the course of the recession, mid-sized companies looking to keep their heads above water were rapidly cutting costs, laying off employees and resorting to cost-saving solutions such as outsourcing IT.

According to a new survey from the TechServe Alliance, IT employment shrank by a quarter-million jobs from its peak in November 2008, a 6 percent reduction in the IT workforce.

Mark Roberts, CEO of the alliance, said that figure appears to be turning around. "Folks are very optimistic about the future based on what they are hearing from their clients. They feel there is a lot of pent-up demand," Roberts said, according to InfoWorld.

Although labor costs stagnated during the recession, increasing demand for IT expertise could send IT salaries back up. Businesses that currently plan to keep reducing IT costs will need a strategy for meeting their needs without breaking the budget.

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