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  • The vast majority of technology-focused human resources and recruitment professionals plan to boost hiring efforts in 2015, according to a semi-annual survey from Dice. Most companies surveyed are planning to increase IT staffing by significant margins, and they're also looking for highly experienced candidates. Due to these factors—plus lengthier time-to-hire rates in filling tech positions—IT professionals have the advantage, and they're making good use of it.  Tech workers are asking for more money when accepting a new job, and they're seeing more counteroffers from existing employers when they disclose that they're getting wooed by a competitor. In addition, managers are seeing a surge in voluntary departures within IT, and fewer of them are anticipating layoffs this year. "The year ahead looks bright for tech professionals," says Shravan Goli, president of Dice. "They're in high demand and—with managers looking to hire a substantial number of new employees—they really have strong negotiating power." More than 775 U.S. HR managers, recruiters, consultants and staffing company representatives who hire or recruit tech professionals took part in the research.

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  • Information security, applications software and systems analytics are emerging as white-hot niches within an already booming IT employment market, according to recent research from Sologig.com. While the overall U.S. workforce is projected to grow by 1.2 percent in 2015, the following tech specialties are expected to expand by at least twice that rate, creating more than 70,000 new jobs. Each pays more than the current $20 in median hourly earnings, and four pay more than $40 an hour. Considering the demand for these positions and the shortage of talent available to fill them, you can expect that such compensation will increase in the year ahead. "The IT sector can expect healthy headcount expansion next year," says Rob Morris, director of Sologig.com, which is CareerBuilder's job site for tech professionals. "However, many of the fastest growing occupations are the very ones recruiters are already having a hard time finding candidates to fill existing positions. As companies' tech needs grow and as competition for top talent heats up, we expect starting compensation to continue its climb for the most qualified tech professionals." The research was based on labor market analysis from Economic Modeling Specialists International, which uses databases compiled from more than 90 federal and state employment sources.