IT Hiring Will Increase Significantly This Year

By Dennis McCafferty
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    75% of survey respondents anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than they did in the last six months of last year—up from 70% six months ago.

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.

This article was originally published on 2015-01-20
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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