Dice.com reports rising demand for IT professionals and tech pros in the coming year.
New data released by Dice.com indicates that the technology sector is poised for substantial gains during the first six months of 2012.
In a November survey of 1,200 IT managers and recruiters, 65% indicated they are planning to add IT staff in 2012 – and one in four indicated they plan to increase staffing levels by 20% or more.
“The tech recruiting market is active, although the pace of improvement has been impacted by broader economic concerns,” said Alice Hill, managing director of Dice.com. “Many companies are chasing mid-career talent. The elevated economic uncertainty makes it tougher for hiring managers to lure tech professionals into leaving their current position.”
Many companies plan to leverage rising tech sector salaries as a hiring strategy, with 42% of hiring managers predicting that new hire salaries will grow in the coming year. Although this figure is a slight drop from the 47% who reported higher salaries in May 2011, it is still almost a dozen points higher than any other hiring survey since June 2008.
Additionally, 48% of respondents who intend to hire report that the time required to fill open IT positions has grown longer, attributing the increase to a shortage of qualified applicants and concerns about the economy.
However, given the state of hiring in many other fields, the tech sector appears to be robust and more than capable of maintaining its position as one of the bright spots in the U.S. employment market.