However, the brightness looks poised to dim a bit, at least in comparison to the technology job market of six months ago, when 73 percent of hiring managers expected to be adding tech workers during the second half of 2012. From a regional perspective, the largest change over the past six months is from hiring pros headquartered in the West, where six in 10 (64 percent) anticipate staff additions to start 2013, as compared to eight in 10 (81 percent) who felt that way about the second half of 2012.
"Tempered optimism. That's how I'd describe the state of technology recruiting as we move into the New Year," said Alice Hill, Managing Director of Dice.com. "For every pair of companies likely to staff up in 2013, there's a company saying they're not looking to grow their technology workforce in the immediate future. So there will be good job opportunities and there will be hiring, but we're expecting steady, modest growth, not a snowball gaining speed into an avalanche."
The job market for technology professionals has been a bright spot amid what economic-types typically have termed a modest recovery. That "bright spot" status should remain true into 2013, according to more than 1,000 technology-focused hiring managers and recruiters surveyed by Dice.