High Tech Job Trends – “A sure sign we are moving in the right direction.”
There is some movement in the Tech sector, and it is in the right direction.
The TechServe Alliance Monthly Employment Index for September showed a leveling off for that month, and a small year over year increase of 1.8% in IT employment. The CEO, Mark Roberts, reports that the TechServe Alliance members “continue to report increasing demand for their services with many candidates in high-demand skill-sets receiving multiple offers; a sure sign we are moving in the right direction.”
“In tech, both full-time and contract hiring have been in lock-step with recruitment activity in both up about 50 percent since the lows in mid-2009.” Tech hiring has risen steadily throughout 2010, according to Dice senior vice president Tom Silver. Dice reports the highest demand positions are: Java developers, database administrators, virtualization specialists and project managers.
The Robert Half Q4 2010 Employment Report offers these statistics based on its survey of executives. 6% plan to increase hiring in professional occupations in Q4 on a net basis. 86% are ‘somewhat’ to ‘very’ confident in their companies’ growth prospects this quarter. 47% report finding skilled professionals to be challenge.
Technology executives were optimistic about growth prospects within their organization overall (84%) and a net 3% indicated they plan on hiring in Q4. The top technology opportunities were for: Network Administrators, with skills in cloud computing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and Software as a Service (SaaS); Applications & Web Developers, with skills in critical applications, organizational efficiencies, customer management, web functionality and social media; and Support Professionals, with customer and end-user skills.
Advertising and Marketing executives were even more optimistic, with 93% identifying themselves as ‘somewhat’ to ‘very’ confident in their companies’ growth prospects this quarter and again a net 3% planning to hire in Q4. Within Advertising and Marketing, the top opportunities were: Digital Marketers, UX Designers, SEO specialists, and Social Media specialists