Strong Hiring Growth Is Forecast for Key Tech Jobs

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2017-01-19 Email

The vast majority of hiring managers specializing in technology positions said they'll increase staffing in 2017, according to a recent survey from Dice. While the semi-annual survey indicates that hiring expansion prospects are cooling off a bit compared to a year ago, the overall outlook appears very positive for IT professionals: Positions are staying open longer, which drives an urgency to fill them. Survey respondents are not expecting layoffs, and they said that salaries are increasing. It's also encouraging to see that a notable percentage of job candidates are taking advantage of the market conditions to negotiate for more money, and that those who bring proven qualifications to fill the hottest tech specialties are positioned to land the most appealing job offers. "While there are many good economic signs for tech professionals looking for a new job, hiring managers are telling us that they're focusing on those who really fit the roles," said Bob Melk, president of Dice. "Tech pros must still work to keep their skills up to date, and [they should] be armed with salary and market data to lead the conversation during the interview process and get the salary they desire." A total of 785 hiring professionals who fill tech positions took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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