Dice Survey Finds Uptick in IT Hiring Plans

Susan Hall

In yet another survey of IT hiring managers’ staffing plans, 73 percent told Dice they will add more staff in the second half of 2013 than in the first half. Six months ago, 64 percent of hiring managers and recruiters foresaw an increase in hiring over the previous six months.

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In a survey from Robert Half Technology that I wrote about last week, the percentage of CIOs planning to expand their IT departments in the third quarter dropped to 12 percent from 14 percent in the second quarter. Fifty-six percent said they would fill only open positions, compared with 61 percent who said so in Q2.

The Dice survey of nearly 1,000 tech-focused hiring managers doesn’t go into whether the hiring will be for existing positions or to expand. Both surveys, however, find a bit more optimism about the economy.

Thirty-three percent of hiring managers told Dice that more IT pros were voluntarily leaving their jobs compared with 2012, and 32 percent said more were rejecting job offers than just six months ago.

Pay was clearly part of that. Thirty percent said rejected offers were 5 percent or less off the candidate’s expectations, while 28 percent said the offer was as much as 10 percent below the candidate’s price.

Meanwhile, fewer (46 percent) report the time to hire is lengthening. That’s down from 55 percent who felt that way six months ago.

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