IT Hiring Is Expected to Grow for the Rest of 2017
The already-hot job market for IT professionals is going to get hotter, according to a mid-year survey and forecast from Dice. Among recruiters who specialize in filling tech positions, a larger number anticipate the hiring of more tech pros over the next six months than the number who planned to hire near the end of 2016. These recruiters also indicate that it's taking longer to fill open IT positions than it did a year ago—often because they face difficulties in finding qualified candidates. To hire highly sought talent, companies are now more willing to pay for relocation expenses, as well as to offer free lunches, gym memberships and other perks. "In the fast-moving tech industry, skills gaps are common, and employers are often challenged to find candidates with the latest proficiencies," said Bob Melk, president of Dice. "Tech professionals are in the driver's seat, and those who use the competitive environment to their advantage will be successful in managing—and excelling in—their careers." More than 700 hiring professionals who recruit specifically for tech positions took part in the research.