Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey

Dice Hiring Survey

Demand for tech professionals isn’t slowing down anytime soon, according to nearly 800 tech-focused hiring managers. In fact, tech-hiring intentions for the first half of 2015 are record breaking.

Heading into the new year, 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last six months of 2014, an all-time high for Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s five points greater than mid-year and two points greater than December 2013.

Nearly three quarters (72 percent) of companies are planning to expand by more than 10 percent in early 2015, another record breaker for Dice. Sixty-eight percent of recruiters anticipated hiring over 10 percent more professionals six months ago, and 65 percent projected such a large-scale hiring push a year ago. So, tech professionals looking for a job or considering leaving their current one should really take advantage of this opportunity.

Dice Hiring Survey

“The year ahead looks bright for tech professionals. In high demand and with hiring managers looking to hire a substantial number of new hires, tech professionals really have strong negotiating power,” said Shravan Goli, President of Dice.

Candidates today are more confident in their marketability, with 64 percent of hiring managers seeing candidates ask for more money, an increase of three points from mid-year, and 40 percent seeing an increase in the number of voluntary departures, a six-point jump from June.

With high turnover rates, counteroffers are becoming more commonplace. In fact, 43 percent of recruiters noted seeing or offering more counteroffers to retain existing staff, a ten point upturn from six months ago.

Dice Hiring Survey

Time to fill open positions has lengthened relative to last year, according to 46 percent of recruiters. While in large part due to the limited pool of qualified talent, 42 percent also cited increased discernibility as a reason for longer vacancy durations.

Like the last six months of 2014, hiring managers are particularly interested in the experienced candidate. The majority (76 percent) are hiring for positions requiring six to 10 years of experience, while four in 10 (40 percent) are hiring for positions requiring more than 10 years of experience.

Dice Hiring Survey

According to 10 percent of recruiters, layoffs are likely in early 2015, a slight tick down from the 12 percent who said this in the mid-year survey, which is a positive signal for employment.

About the Survey

From November 10 to November 14, 2014, Dice surveyed human resource managers, recruiters, consulting and staffing companies from every region of the country who primarily hire or recruit technology professionals. With 776 responding to the survey, 33 percent identified as recruiting for their own corporate needs. Of the respondent group, 20 percent worked for companies with more than 500 employees.

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30 Responses to “Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey”

    • juancarlos

      I’be found that in nyc, with the right skill-set, a well paying IT job is very easy to come by here. I have 1 to 10 recruiters getting in touch with me every month. It’s nice to have lots of options.

  1. Then why are so many Americans in America with decades of knowledge working with data unemployed?

    Could it be because we only create around 100,000 jobs per year in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical fields like I show in the following article?

    Could the hiring that they anticipate just be the normal “churn” where people leave one contract or job and go on to another contract or job?

    And when the number of H-1B visas issued over the last 15 years exceeds the number of jobs created, would that also not be a cause why Americans in America are being displaced despite these rosy forecasts?

    How about we do more to Keep America At Work by putting Americans back to work in America?

    • I agree with the H1-Bs being out of control. Unfortunately the Government thinks that the labor pool are full of dummies, or is it just political correctness.

      I can’t communicate with these people because their English is so poor. How does that improve the workplace.

    • Tony Stark

      Looks like you may be living in the wrong city or have the wrong skillset. Here in Austin there is more of an issue with not enough tech workers to fill the jobs so now the companies coming in a stealing workers from each other. The same is and has been happening in Seattle and Silicon Valley. There are thousands of tech jobs created every year in these cities and I personally get 3-4 calls a day from recruiters so they are telling the truth in this article.

      • Come visit me
        I’m one hour west of you on hwy 290
        We can talk data
        I apply in austin all the time as do I in San Antonio.

        Our resumes are not getting past HR for many, many reasons.
        As for skillsets.

        Folks, any of us that have worked in this business for decades knows that it is the logic that determines success or failure.

        The tools that they call skillsets are simply tools, no different than a makita or a dewalt if we want to put it into perspective.

        I can take any person with the wrong skillset and turn them into a top producer if they have desire, and they understand logic.

        Like I said, I’m a hour west of you, just past fredericksburg.
        Bring some miller lite and a bottle of turkey 101 as it will be my 57’th birthday on the 27th of december (Oh, could age discrimination have something to do with it?)

        I would treat you to lunch at mamacitas in Kerrville, but since I have 57 cents to my name, I guess that ain’t going to happen

        As for the wrong skillset, me and a guy named kumar did an assessment of the case management system that the attorney general of Texas uses in 2009.
        It required a complete reverse engineering of their system on a mainframe and PC based system, and we did it in less than 60 days which I don’t think many people can do.

        My skills by the way are the ability to bridge the gap between the business side and IT and it is something that I enjoy doing, yet I haven’t had an interview since 2010.

        • John White

          It’s Ageism Virgil!

          Read somewhere that ‘Smuckerturd’ & Gates both said programmers are over the hill by age 40. Guess who’s also pushing for more H-1B visas?
          Stating they can’t find qualified Americans to fill the their jobs; [expletive]!!
          How about identifying the needs & creating programs to retrain displaced AMERICAN tech workers? I think we will see if we haven’t already seen the bite back that allowing these foreigners to fill these jobs. Seems to me retraining American tech workers is a national security interest. Is there a national organization for older displaced tech workers? Squeaking wheels get the grease!

          • yeppers…

            That is why I keep KAAW going.
            That is the national organization we need to push.

            And here is why.
            I am now, or will be next week 57 years of age.
            My expenses to keep my shed that I live in, and my land, utilities, etc., are about 500 per week, or around 24,000 per year.

            I have a dead horse hanging around my neck of 56,000 + 56,000 + 25,000 (child support, IRS, and student loans incurred trying to get back to work)

            I was turned down in the last few days for a “stock room” position at Lowes in Kerrville, TX.

            Now you tell me.
            If I can’t get back to work doing what I did for decades.
            And if the low paying jobs won’t hire me.
            And you can bet your ??? that uncle sam is getting ready to throw me in jail for that dead horse.

            What in the ???? am I supposed to do?

            Buy a gun and commit suicide?

            That is the only option I see, and I ain’t going to give the bastards that satisfaction.

            So I fight via Keep America At Work

            Simply because I don’t know what else to do and I see no other option.

        • ryan laurence vick

          “My skills by the way are the ability to bridge the gap between the business side and IT and it is something that I enjoy doing, yet I haven’t had an interview since 2010.” —- love it! focus on the “I enjoy doing” part. thats what I do anyway. I also haven’t had an interview in quite a while, maybe 1 year. I tend to agree that companies/HR/recruiters just waste my time, all day long. I would like a new tech job, where I was at in 2009 when I was laid off. I currently work in restaurant. I see myself as purely IT person, very technical/logical, but young in my career, have a lot to learn, I know that, yet its impossible to grow without being hired first. (basically)

        • I couldn’t agree with this more if I tried. I too am a grey hair, but I went to over 10 interviews in the last 14 months. Everything was fantastic over the phone and they couldn’t wait to meet me.
          But when I walked in the door, they couldn’t find enough ways to turn me down. You think when you tell someone over the phone that you have 25+ years of experience that they could figure out that you didn’t start at 10. Wake up HR departments, the old farts know more, can do more and they aren’t afraid to work.

          • A conversation I had yesterday made me realize we need to do this.


            For those following my work, you know it needs to be done.

            For those that don’t, here is part of a discussion I had today.


            You’re absolutely right that no one has your back. Worse, you’ve been betrayed by all the major institutions, government, academia, even the press to some extent.
            However, the techies are partly to blame for not organizing and pressuring Congress. I’ve said many times that even 10,000 committed, vocal activists would be enough to fix the problem. But most techies are reticent people who don’t like to speak out.
            Talented immigrants are just like talented natives: They basically have just one shot at success, when they’re young. After age 35, big problems arise, whether native or immigrant.
            Do we really want to force our children into a lifetime of minimum wage work if they haven’t shown that they are the sharpest kid in the country by the 9th grade?

            Hell, I was dreaming of drag racing, women and partying in the 9th grade.

            I didn’t even know what technology was or even that opportunity was available to all regardless of their place of birth or social class.

            I’m sorry, but I believe this is what America means not only to Americans, but to the World.

            The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States, a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.[1]

            The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”[2]

            Do we really want to throw that away?


        • I’ve thought about it.
          Problem is, I hear from people living in that area that are my age and work in some aspect of software whether it be tech writing, coding, project management, and they are all unemployed.

          Some of the guys that write me on the systems side are living in VA homeless shelters.

          Many of them go to church groups seeking answers and somebody that will understand.

          I agree with cities because I spent most of my life as a road warrior, data ho and I’ve worked in a lot of them.

          But tell me this.
          If we can send our work around the world to india, why can’t we send it a hour from austin to the boonies, or the bay area to here?

          After a few years of steady work, then I might believe that we are returning to our senses, but I can’t tell you how many gigs I’ve been on the last 14 years that were supposed to be permanent, so you hop a plane or bus to get there, ride the bus for a month or two till you get a little cash and buy you a car and then all of a sudden, something gets cancelled and you owe payments and a lease and no way to pay for it.

          Not whining or anything, but lately I too am adopting the “Show Me” slogan of Missouri

      • If only that were true.
        The H-1B visa is for 3 years and is renewable for three years.

        Go to google news and set you up an alert for “H-1B” and start monitoring it.

        Soon you will start noticing things like this:

        Laid off without advance notice on H-1B. Have completed 6+Yrs of employment on L1/H-1B. How do I proceed with new H-1B?
        Asked 1 day ago – Hillsboro, OR Flag
        I was abruptly notified of my layoff 2 days ago. I was on H-1B and have completed 6+Yrs of employment on L1/H-1B. With my previous employer I have an approved I140 and had recently gotten a 3yr extension on H-1B (beyond 6yrs). Now what happens if I find a new employer willing to file H-1B? Does the approved I140 from previous employer still stay in effect to allow me to use the extension beyond 6yrs. Or am I stuck in a limbo where I have used up the 6yr timeframe and have no II40 to get the extensions. How do I navigate the situation to essentially get an new H-1B and continue to work (If I find an employer).


  2. C’mon Dice!! You know a huge chunk of all of this has been, and will remain to be, impacted massively and insultingly, by L1 and H1b visas.

    American companies won’t be hiring Americans as much as we would like them to. It’s sickening!!

  3. Out of curiosity, I decided to see just how HOT the Austin Area is.

    2013 – 50,370
    2012 – 45,910
    2011 – 46,170
    2010 – 43,210

    What is that, a little over 7,000 jobs in 4 years.

    And the Austin area had a population of 885,400 in 2013

    That means that Computer and Mathematical jobs in Austin only account for .008% of the population.

    On a national average, they account for nearly 6% of the population.

    While I have no doubt that Austin is hot (I’ve done contracts in Austin in the past), ten thousand jobs is not a lot when there are nearly a million IT types like myself that have been displaced by H-1B Visa Holders, and my beef is not with them as they are simply seeking the same opportunity that we are. My beef is with the corporations, and our government that bring them in by the boat load to displace Americans in America in their quest for lower paid, immobile help

  4. What the article is really saying is not “Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey” but that all those companies surveyed are planning to intensify their poaching of other companies for their hires.

  5. John Richie

    As a hiring Senior Developer/Project Manager with 20 Years of experience….I stopped doing on location jobs and only take jobs that are 100% telecommute. The work is easier and I can handle multiple jobs at once. I just hired my first two developers to help with the work load. I pay them $6,000 per month.

    My question for dice is, “Who do you think holds the future? Developers or employers?”
    My answer is, “Look what just happened to Sony.”

    Companies need to start realizing that developers, are not mindless employees who have to work for you, we have tons of options.

    Also, Austin is a terrible market. Every company I’ve ever spoken to in Austin, wants the world without paying an appropriate rate.

    In a nut shell, “I’m in this to get paid. Don’t try to play me out with your Human Resource [expletive]!”

  6. Linda Greer

    I think it is time for everyone to be getting politically involved with decreasing visas that displace Americans from the workforce. I read all the comments and realize very talented people are being passed over for “cheap imports”. Google your Congressmen and Senators for your state. The current amnesty issue isn’t going to help your positions either.

    • If we do not stop the L1 and H1 visas NOW we’ll be in worse trouble this year. I agree that DICE has spun the numbers to look amazing but our industry is full of execs pushing for cheaper faster results. Not better results, just faster. Short term gains. Long term problems.
      Place a substantial tax on every position outsourced and for every imported person and the trend will end. It’s just about money. Let’s protect today’s and tomorrow’s U.S. Citizens.

      Nice to see that I’m not the only one that is outraged.

  7. These H1-Bs and L1′s are causing salary to plunge. I am a 24 years exp IT guy in Wash DC where I am blessed with Gov’t contract job which requires IT guy has to be a Citizen. Even here I am suffering. My salary is going down.

    I see requirement with 30 IT skills that I have to have. Unless I am a superman IT guy, I would have to bring my whole IT team to satisfy that requirement and in return the company is offering the entry level salary.

    Even though we are mad at these H1-B guys for destroying the IT market. These outsourcing companies are the real culprit. And these companies are NOT the little companies. They are big companies, like Bank of America, IBM, Goggle, Facebook, Yahoo, MicroSoft.

    I believe the yearly quota for H1-B is 150k and yearly demand for it guy is 100k, then how the market would be any better in next year where supply exceeds the demands???????????

    If I had my way, I would immediately stop H1-B Visa and also stop foreign companies like TCS (Tata Consulting Services) supplies L1 Workers (and there are no yearly limit for L1 Visa).

    The Gov’t in DC (whether the Republican or the Dems) don’t care about us because all these companies are the big Donner to both party.

    • If you will go to and click on 2014 LCA Applications, you will see how little they are wanting to pay the visa holder as I have broken it down into percents so I could understand it better.

      This will only display the top 50 most requested job types, but you will get the picture.

      Folks, for only 20 measly dollars we could fix this.

      There are about 18 million STEM jobs in America.
      There are about 1 million displaced Americans from Software alone like myself and there are 3.6 million software jobs.

      If just the 1 million were to pitch in 20 bucks each, that would be 20 million and we could turn the tide of this battle.

      Imagine what we could do if each of the 18 million were to chip in 20 bucks each year.


      Put together ads that go something like this.

      You’ve heard that ad by the Navy saying the future of jobs is STEM?
      You’ve sent your child to the best schools so that they could have that future.

      How does it feel knowing that no matter how good your child is, they will be shining shoes or flipping burgers simply because we are importing more temporary workers under visas than jobs are available in America.

      We can do this.
      United We Stand.
      Divided We Continue To Fall

      It really is that simple.