A Dice report finds tech professionals with six to 10 years of experience are highly sought after.
for tech professionals will remain a bright spot as 2012 begins, according to
nearly 1,200 IT-focused hiring managers and recruiters surveyed by IT jobs
portal Dice. Some 65 percent of these hiring professionals said their companies
or clients will look to add technology pros in the first half of 2012, with
about a quarter (27 percent) of those hiring looking to expand their staffs by
more than 20 percent in the six months ahead, the report found.
positive hiring forecast is nearly identical to the midyear prediction that tech
hiring managers and recruiters gave in May about the second half of 2011. The
report noted tech professionals with six to 10 years of experience are highly
sought after, followed by those with two to five years in the trenches.
tech recruiting market is active, although the pace of improvement has been
impacted by broader economic concerns," said Alice Hill, managing director
of Dice.com. "Many companies are chasing mid-career talent. The elevated
economic uncertainty makes it tougher for hiring managers to lure tech
professionals into leaving their current position."
salaries for new hires is one plan that many companies are apparently using.
More than four in 10 (42 percent) hiring managers and recruiters predict that
salaries for new hires will grow in the coming year, which represents a slight
drop from 47 percent in May 2011, but still nearly a dozen percentage points
higher than the results of any hiring survey since June 2008.
those respondents with open positions to fill, 48 percent reported that the
time to fill those jobs has grown longer relative to the year before. Nearly
six in 10 (57 percent) of those who said it takes longer to hire new tech
professionals attributed this delay to a shortage of qualified tech talent,
while 31 percent attribute the slowdown to concerns about the economy.
report also noted the risk of layoffs continues to be remote. For corporate
hiring managers who recruit for their own needs, just 16 percent believe that
layoffs are likely in the first six months of 2012. Although there is less
concern about tech professionals leaving their own position, 38 percent of
hiring managers and recruiters expect that voluntary departures will increase
in 2012, which compares with 43 percent who registered concerns in mid-2011.
surveyed human resource managers and recruiters from every region of the
country who primarily hire or recruit technology professionals from Nov. 14 to
Nov. 18, to compile the report. Nearly 1,200 responded to the email survey,
with 44 percent identified as those recruiting for their own needs. Of that
group, 33 percent had more than 500 employees.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.