With the dearth of start-up dot coms and the across-the-board downsizing that has come with the economic recession, IT consultants have had to work harder to find contracts.

In a recent discussion, we asked TechRepublic members whether an economic turnaround had begun, and so far, consultants and other IT workers have told us that while there have been small signs of improvement, the tide toward a turnaround has not really yet begun to rise.

We want to know: Where have consultants begun to see improvement? Are utilities companies embarking on new projects? Have you seen others in the business work as contractors or subcontractors on government projects?

Are healthcare providers undertaking new IT initiatives and welcoming consultants? Have you developed a new skill to attract new business? In what industries are both independents and consulting firms looking for work?

Join the discussion and let us know which industries seem to be hiring the most consultants. If you’re inclined, you can also give us your opinion on the industries that you believe will least need consultants during the next few financial quarters.

More work for ERP consultants?

Consulting Central, the Web site for Kennedy Information publications, recently carried an excerpt from an article that questioned whether enterprise resource planning (ERP) was “all it’s cracked up to be.” Do you think there will be a resurgence of ERP consulting work in 2002, or will organizations wait until next year? Post your comments below.