IT Job Market Healthy, Developers in Demand: Dice
The recruiting environment for tech professionals is less urgent than what was experienced in the first half of the year, according to the latest report from IT jobs site Dice. The reported noted that backdrop is still positive, with the unemployment rate for tech professionals at 4.2 percent. The number of resumes viewed on Dice is at an all-time high and the job count on the site is up 12 percent year/year, but, the company's job count has plateaued for five months, which Dice managing director Alice Hill called a subtle sign that some restraint has returned to the recruiting landscape.
"Less urgent does not equal less crucial. Technology teams are
playing an increasingly large role in supporting companies' goals," she
said. "Likewise, there is still a strong belief that proper investment
in technology will help the bottom line of any business. Looking ahead,
we expect technology will be a priority when companies compile their
Taking a look into recruiting priorities, hiring managers' top
requests in the Dice resume database in the third quarter were for a
Java/J2EE or Java developer, .NET or .NET developer, business analysis,
Sharepoint or Sharepoint developer and project manager. On the
supply-side, the desired positions of tech professionals posting their
resume in the third quarter were for the positions of business analyst,
project manager, software engineer or software, developer, network
engineer and systems administrator. "Only time will tell if the
near-term elevated uncertainty evaporates in the new year," Hill said.
New York once again led the list of top metro areas for technology
jobs, with the number of listings rising five percent from the same
period last year. The New York/New Jersey metro area listings totaled
8,965 in October. The Washington DC/Baltimore metro area placed second,
also seeing a five percent uptick in listings to 8,778. Silicon Valley,
Chicago and Los Angeles rounded out the top five, posting a 19 percent,
21 percent and 12 percent bump in listings, according to the Dice
The company noted as the result of a job posting trial by a Dice customer, the reported job count on the site may be higher than normal by as many as 3,000 jobs. The trial is expected to run through mid-November. As reported, the November 1, 2011 job counts exclude any impact from this trial. The report also clarifies a single job posting may reflect more than one skill, location or type of position; therefore, total figures for these attributes may be greater than total jobs posted.
In the company's September jobs report, Hill focused attention on
the shortage of .NET developers. "Part of the gap between supply and
demand is that technology workers are concerned that if they specialize
in .NET application development, they will not be able to easily branch
out to other platforms," Hill said. "Another worry among technology
professionals is the money gap. Dice research indicates tech
professionals who regularly develop for .NET earn about $83,000 a year,
compared with more than $91,000 for those specializing in Java."