Dice Report: More Tech Hiring Later in 2017?

According to Dice’s semi-annual survey, 73 percent of hiring managers say they will look to hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2017, a five-point increase since the last hiring survey conducted in November 2016 and three-point increase from the survey in June 2016.

While bullish regarding hiring plans, hiring managers report the time to fill open tech positions continues to lengthen due primarily to the inability to find qualified candidates, according to 38 percent of respondents.

“In the fast-moving tech industry, skills gaps are common and employers are often challenged to find candidates with the latest proficiencies. Professionals are increasingly seeking out new training opportunities and experiences like Hackathons to ensure they’re up-to-date,” said Bob Melk, President of Dice.

Waiting to find the perfect fit (34 percent) and caution related to the economy (10 percent) were also factors in the lengthening fill times. While the economy ranked among the top three reasons, only 13 percent of respondents who recruit for their own needs say layoffs are likely in the next six months.

Seventy-four percent of hiring managers say building a bench is more important than a year ago, underscoring the concept that ongoing conversations with candidates and creating a relationship with tech pros is key. Plus, employers are looking for more experienced tech pros: Hiring managers report a four-point increase in their plans to hire candidates with 6-10 years of experience, and a six-point increase in their plans to hire candidates with 10-plus years of experience.

While 56 percent of hiring managers say salaries are on the rise, only 44 percent report they’re up for existing staff, which could lead to more movement and higher turnover among tech pros. Tech pros who are looking to make a move can look forward to incentives that hiring managers say they’re using to attract new professionals, including unlimited vacation, sign-on bonuses, and perks such as free lunches and gym memberships.

2 Responses to “Dice Report: More Tech Hiring Later in 2017?”

  1. Paul Hunter

    Sometimes the “difficulty” finding qualified candidates can be traced to advertised salaries and rates. A Senior ________, with 10 years experience in every imaginable leading edge skill for … $65,000/year??? I can’t imagine why there would be trouble filling that position.

  2. Donovan

    Not only that but it seems that they prefer to hire those with 5+ years experience. That makes it difficult for people who need to gain experience to enter the field. They are creating a drought on themselves. I can understand needing techs who are proficient at the tasks needed, but this is why you promote the guys you have in your company already or work with them to train them for a higher position which in turns opens up a lower position where the risk is not as great and a new guy can get his foot in the door and start gaining the experience he needs for his position.