Hiring managers and recruiters expect tech hiring to rise in 2013, with 64 percent of those surveyed by Dice planning to increase their ranks next year. To break it down, 43 percent see themselves doing “slightly” more hiring while 21 percent predict doing “substantially” more.
While those numbers look encouraging, they’re not as strong as they were six months ago. In May, 73 percent said they planned to increase hiring, 55 percent slightly and 18 percent substantially.
The respondents also say that it’s becoming more difficult to find the candidates they want. Some 55 percent report their time to hire has lengthened from 2011. And it’s not just because they’re being picky: More candidates are rejecting their offers.
Indeed, candidates have become more demanding. More than half of the survey’s respondents–53 percent–said candidates want higher salaries than they did six months ago. On top of that, more companies are making counteroffers.