What’s Hot in IT

As Yahoo prepares to lay people off, it’s looking like at least the techies in that crowd will find a slightly improving job market. New surveys, one from Dice and the other from TEKsystems, indicate that it’s getting a little tougher to fill technical jobs.

Let’s start with what Dice says.

Of nearly 850 HR managers and recruiters who hire IT employees, 46% say it’s taking longer to fill jobs than last year, with only 18% say it’s taking a shorter time. The most-often reason given for the longer time is the inability to find qualified people; in June, in comparison, the main reason was just caution about the economy.

The folks that Dice surveyed say these jobs and skills are their top hiring priorities for 2011:

  • Java/J2EE developer
  • .Net developer
  • Software developer
  • Project manager
  • Mobile developer
  • Web developer
  • SAP
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence
  • Security analyst

On to the TEKsystems survey of IT directors and other IT executives, which found that “while 30% of IT leaders indicate confidence in their ability to compete for talent as we emerge from the recession, most (70%) do not feel very prepared.”

Here are the jobs TEKsystems found are the most difficult to fill with “exceptional talent,” as judged by the percentage of respondents rating the difficulty a seven or above on a 1- 10 scale.

Enterprise Architect:67%

Security specialist: 54%

Network architect: 52%

Business intelligence specialist: 52%

Database administrator: 50%

Virtualization engineer 46%

.Net architect: 45%

ERP technology functional analyst: 45%

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Java/J2EE architect: 43%

CRM technology functional analyst: 43%

Business process engineer: 43%

Network engineer: 39%

Project manager: 38%

Storage engineer: 35%

Systems administrator: 25%

Technical writer: 21%

Help desk/desktop support: 10%

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