Robust Tech Job Market Forecast for 2014

By Dennis McCafferty
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    73% of survey respondents plan to hire more tech pros in the first half of 2014, about the same as six months ago.

Technology professionals with in-demand skills will be well-positioned to negotiate for higher pay and other benefits in 2014, according to a recent survey from Dice.com. Companies are planning to significantly increase staffing plans for IT pros for the next six months, findings reveal. And talented tech employees will find they have more leverage than in the recent past, given that more organizations are inclined to present counteroffers if their first proposals are rejected. It doesn't hurt that prospects of layoffs do not appear to present any concerns for the immediate future—and possibly beyond. "The New Year should be all systems go for tech professionals on the career front," says Shravan Goli, president of Dice, a career site for technology and engineering professionals. "There aren't many times when you can write your own ticket, but this consistent optimism and upward pressure on compensation means it's time to capitalize." An estimated 860 tech-focused human resources managers and recruiters, as well as representatives from consulting and staffing companies, took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-01-08
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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