Monster Survey Finds Hints of Frustration Among IT Pros

Susan Hall
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There have been reports that for hiring as well for job seekers,using the big job boards are so last year. (And there have been reports that rumors of their death are way premature.)


Nevertheless, Monster.com has released its 2011 IT Job Conditions report (free, but registration required) with some interesting insight. It based its report on analysis of 1.5 million IT resumes, online job postings as well as a survey of IT pros and IT hiring managers conducted in November and December 2010.


Among the findings:

  • The majority of job candidates have at least a bachelor's degree and more than 10 years of experience.
  • The largest labor pools are in California, Texas, New York, New Jersey and Florida.


It drew from the resumes signs of frustration, however:

  • 27 percent said they were seeking a job because of layoffs, which are still occurring.
  • 23 percent were seeking a better salary.
  • 58 percent report "poor," "fair" or "average" job opportunities (job requirement mismatch, lack of response from employers, too few jobs).


The top occupation, software engineers, made up 25 percent of IT job seekers and 45 percent of job postings, reflecting the shortage Dice reported earlier this week. However, among recruiters:


  • 70 percent said their ability to find IT candidates was "good" or "excellent," though the report elsewhere reported difficulty finding specific skills. Other difficulties they noted were the time required to find a good match, underqualified candidates, too few candidates and salaries below candidate expectations. It also mentioned the challenge of "managing a surplus of more senior candidates."
  • Those hiring expect to fill a moderate number of jobs, but a limited number of new (vs. replacement) positions.
  • The top three hiring areas were IT infrastructure, applications and project management.


The report noted that the level of contract job postings was higher than normal. Staffing agency Mobis President Jack Cullen, in an interview last week, told me the same thing - and that companies remain hesitant to hire and increasingly are using contract-to-hire as a way to evaluate talent before making a permanent offer.


Monster found only 2 percent of candidates looking specifically for contract positions, while 32 percent would accept contract or permanent positions. It says recruiters are encouraging candidates to take contract positions for the near term. That flies in contrast to the survey of millennials by online freelance cite Elance, who were overwhelmingly open to contract work. I think the difference merely shows a difference in demographics among the two surveys' respondents.


The frustration level Monster reports, though, makes me think its users, which appear to be skewed toward an older crowd, aren't finding the site that helpful. U.S. News & World Report last month reported that the jobs being created in this post-recession economy are going to people younger than 34 or older than 55, which doesn't sound like the professional-wage jobs experienced IT pros are looking for. To find those jobs, those folks might have more luck with niche job sites, such as icrunchdata.com. According to this Workforce Management article (free registration required), the number of niche sites has doubled to some 100,000 since 2000.

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