IT Hiring Driven By Contract Work Says Dice.com

Contract tech hiring is driving employment in the tech sector, which now has an unemployment rate of 4.4%, just slightly more than half the national average, reports IT niche job board Dice.com.

“Companies are using flexible talent more — creating opportunities,” says Dice, explaining that, ” Technology consulting is contributing to job growth – with more than 20,000 positions added in the ?rst quarter.”

According to the job board, network architects have the lowest rate of unemployment — .5% — while computer support specialists have the highest at 6.3%, still well below the unadjusted national rate of 7.7%. (Unemployment rates for specialities is not seasonally adjusted.)

Dice says there is “significant optimism” for tech staffing through the end of the year. It cites analysts’ expectations of double-digit staffing revenue growth and improved margins, particularly for healthcare IT.

Robert Half, meanwhile, predicts IT hiring of all types to be slower this quarter than last, with about a 3% overall increase in hiring activity. The employment firm says 85% of the CIOs it surveyed plan no change in hiring in this second quarter, an increase of 15 points from the first quarter of the year.

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“Although hiring in the second quarter isn’t expected to be as robust as it was at the beginning of the year, the trend remains positive. Those in hot specialties, such as networking and IT security, will continue to be in strong demand,” says John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Mobile media is an especially important area of growth right now.”

Hiring is expected to be strongest in the Mountain states of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, says the Robert Half report. By metro area, Dice says the largest number of jobs posted on the site as of May 1 were in the  New York/New Jersey area, followed by Washington/Baltimore, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Boston.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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