Poll Rates Telecom Job Climate

The job climate in the telecom industry has improved since last year, but that’s not saying much, according to Light Reading’s Work Poll this month.

Based on the responses so far, 62 percent of our readers think the job climate is better than in 2003, compared with 29 percent who think it’s the same. Better doesn’t necessarily mean good, though -- 47 percent rate this year as "weak" and another 42 percent as "so-so."

The results also show:
  • Sixty-one percent of respondents are employed in telecom, and 17 percent are unemployed; 23 percent have left the industry but are still nostalgically taking Light Reading polls.

  • A general economic recovery would help save the industry, according to 41 percent or respondents, although it wouldn’t hurt to throw in some innovation and reform as well, say another 39 percent. Five percent reckon telecom is beyond help.

  • Not surprisingly, the hottest emerging growth area is seen as China, with 49 percent of votes, followed by India with 32 percent.

Click here to take the poll yourself and see the latest results.

– Nicole Willing, Reporter, Light Reading

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