With capital markets in tatters and investment banks disappearing, rampant consumer pessimism, and the national unemployment rate already at a five-year high, you might think that the financial sector's IT departments are in dire straits. Think again.

There is good reason to be a little bullish on the industry's IT workforce prospects near- and mid-term, despite the onset of cost-cutting skirmishes that will no doubt once again appear punitive and short-sighted.

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