Tech Job Market Is Expected to Heat Up This Year
The huge demand for talented IT professionals will grow even more intense this year, according to a recent survey from Dice. A clear majority of hiring professionals said they plan to increase their recruitment of tech employees in 2016, and most organizations in the survey are planning to boost IT headcount by 11 percent or more, findings reveal. Employers are feeling the pressure because it's taking longer to fill open positions, and they're seeing a notable rise in counteroffers as well. This means companies need to boost the "curb appeal" of their packages. With this in mind, many are more likely to offer additional perks, sign-on bonuses and other goodies to land quality hires. "The environment for a talent crisis in tech has been growing over the past few years and, as the level of interest in technology professionals rises, it doesn't appear the challenging recruitment market will lighten any time soon," said Bob Melk, president of Dice. "Companies today are looking for new and innovative ways to streamline their hiring processes and attract top talent. Sourcing, in particular, continues to serve as a top strategic recruiting initiative, as companies are thinking more long term and are building out an on-demand talent pipeline rather than focusing on one-off hires." Nearly 400 HR managers, recruiters, consultants and staffing company representatives who primarily seek tech professionals took part in the research.