How IT Demand Is Fueling a Hot 2017 Jobs Market
Hiring prospects for the year ahead have climbed to their highest level in a decade, with a continued, intense demand to fill tech positions driving the optimistic forecast, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Overall, organizations are expected to boost the staffing of full-time permanent workers, part-timers and contractual employees. In addition, recruiters will prioritize IT-related vacancies over all others. As a result, IT candidates will be in a position to receive higher salary offers—especially if they have the right mix of "hard" tech experience and capabilities and "soft" communications-based skills. In fact, companies are so eager to fill openings that the majority of them are willing to hire and then train professionals on the job when they don't have the experience required for the role. Employers "are in a better financial position than they were a year ago, which is instilling more confidence in adding people to their payrolls," said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. "Following a divisive election season, employers are entering the New Year with a watchful, yet optimistic approach. One of the key challenges for employers will be bridging the talent gaps within their own organizations by either offering better wages or by helping to re-skill and up-skill workers." Nearly 2,400 hiring managers and HR professionals took part in the research, which was conducted by Harris Poll.