Developers, Project Managers, Business Analysts in Demand for 2011

Application experts in Java, .Net, mobile applications and those who bridge the technology and business gaps are hot commodities for 2011. Security is also still on the hiring agenda, though salaries are not gaining a lot of steam in the coming year.

There is more evidence that recruiters expect to see an uptick in technology job hiring activity for the coming year, finds a monthly report from technology job board Dice, which surveyed 850 human resource leaders and hiring managers. Forty-six percent of recruiters expect to see more hiring in the first half of the year.

About the same number (45 percent) are increasing headcount between 1 and 10 percent. In an IT department of 100 people, that equates between 1 and 10 people. Thirty-three percent are increasing between 11 and 20 percent IT staff while 15 percent will hire between 21 and 30 percent more employees.

"Technology recruitment activity has strengthened all year creating more career opportunities for professionals," said Tom Silver, SVP of North America at Dice. "The tech epicenter may be Silicon Valley, but the increase in recruitment activity is geographically broad - and the rumblings from the Valley on retention will echo across the country,"

What are the hot skills in demand? Application developers, project managers, mobile apps specialists, business analysts and security analysts. More specifically, they rank as follows:

  1. Java/J2EE Developer
  2. Net Developer
  3. Software Developer
  4. Project Manager
  5. Mobile Developer
  6. Web Developer
  7. SAP
  8. Business Analyst
  9. Business Intelligence
  10. Security Analyst

The majority of salaries are flat from last year for existing (52 percent) and new staff (55 percent), though a quarter reported new hires are getting slightly higher salaries. About 6 percent said salaries are slightly lower than the previous year.

A little more than one-third find it is taking longer to fill positions with the number one reason at 46 percent being an inability to find the right candidate, though it's important to point out that 39 percent said they are still being cautious about the economy. Mor ethan 10 percent said there is no urgency to fill open technology job positions.