Dice: Survey Suggests Job Market Tilting in Favor of Skilled IT Pros

Susan Hall

A biannual survey of IT hiring professionals by Dice.com underscores much of what we've been hearing lately about the job market for tech pros.


In the poll of 850 human resources professionals and technology recruiters, six in 10 said they expect to do more hiring in the first half of 2011 than in the previous six months. Nearly half say they expect to increase hiring by at least 10 percent in the first half of 2011; another third expect increases of 11 percent to 20 percent; 15 percent forecast hiring 21 percent to 30 percent more technology workers.


At the same time, it's becoming more of an employee's market. PCWorld.com quotes Scot Melland, chairman, president and CEO of Dice Holdings, saying that many companies "really need to up their game."

It's been an employer market for the last couple of years, but that is changing and 'the pendulum is now swinging back' so that prospective employees have more options. So [companies] have to spend more time and energy and, probably, money recruiting.

Here are other highlights of the survey:

  • Developers are in high demand, notably those working in Java, .NET, software, Web and mobile applications. Where have we heard that before?
  • Other skills rounding out the top 10: project managers, business analysts, business intelligence and SAP expertise and security analysts.
  • They cited shortages of skilled workers in mobile application development, cloud computing, virtualization and "anything having to do with network or database security."
  • 46 percent said that it is taking them longer to fill positions now than compared to this time last year.
  • 52 percent of those said that is because they cannot find qualified professionals. In past surveys, concern about the state of the economy was a bigger factor than an inability to find qualified job candidates.
  • Respondents say that they are seeing, and expect to continue to see, more turnover in jobs, with more employees moving on to other opportunities.
  • The percentage of respondents who say that layoffs are not likely at their companies or at the companies they recruit for held steady at 66 percent, the same as in the previous six-month survey.
  • 52 percent of respondents said that they expect salaries for new hires will be the same as last year.
  • Job postings also are up 38 percent year-on-year as of the beginning of December.

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