More Tech Hiring Predicted for Rest of 2013

diceDeclaring it a “good job market for technology professionals,” IT career site Dice.com says the pace of tech hiring will accelerate for the balance of the year.

According to the semi-annual Dice hiring survey, 73 percent of the 1,000 IT recruiters and hiring managers said they expect to be adding IT professionals in the second half of 2013. That’s a 14 percent bump from the hiring expectations at the beginning of the year.

One in five employers say they’re planning substantial increases in their IT staffing; 54 percent say the increases will be slight.

More of that hiring will be full timers (45 percent) and contract workers (44 percent), say the surveyed employers. Only 27 percent expect more staffing; 51 percent see no change.

Tech hiring expectations Dice survey 6.2013With tech recruiting already a contact sport — more than a few developers report getting upwards of a dozen recruiting calls a month — even a slight increase in the hiring rate means even greater difficulty in filling reqs and more upward pressure on salaries.

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So far, though, there’s no evidence it’s taking longer to fill jobs, though there has been a change in how candidates are reacting to offers. More are now turning them down. When the issue is salary, almost a third of the respondents to the survey say candidates want at least 5 percent more than the initial offer; 14 percent say they’re more than 10 percent apart.

The Dice survey did find employers saying time to fill IT positions hasn’t changed much, in fact more now say it’s actually gone down: 22 percent in the current survey versus 17 percent saying that at the beginning of the year.

“The biggest jumps in hiring intentions were from those with company headquarters in the Midwest, West, and East, including the Northeast,” said Tom Silver, SVP, Dice.com. “Each market has its own unique story, but in the end, it’s just a good job market for technology professionals.”

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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