The Rising Demand for Tech Talent

Top Tech Metro Areas
Every major metropolitan market in the U.S. has more job postings on Dice this year than last, resulting in increased activity for HR professionals and recruiters in filling open requisitions. Silicon Valley, Chicago and Seattle have shown the biggest gains in the top 10 markets with tech openings up 40% or more over last year.

Top Tech Metro Areas

Most Common Tech Skills
Java/J2EE, Oracle and C languages have topped the list of most common tech skills found in Dice job postings for quite some time. Positions requiring these skills are also among those reported as the most difficult-to-fill among HR professionals and recruiters, because they say there are not enough candidates in the market and too many openings. The boom in cloud-based applications is likely one factor driving the demand for JavaScript, up 86% year/year.

Most Common Tech Skills
* Jobs posted on Dice as of February 1, 2011. ^ Source: 2010-11 Dice Tech Salary Survey.

Fastest-Growing Tech Skills
With tech job postings on Dice up 30% year/year, many technology skill-sets have grown at more than twice the market rate. Cloud computing is still in relative infancy but it tops the list in growth with openings up nearly two-fold over the last year. The importance of reducing hardware and operating costs is driving the need for those with virtualization experience, specifically VMware, helping this skill come in at #2 on the list.

Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on any given day to qualify for analysis.

Fastest Growing Tech Skills

Top-Paying Tech Skills
Certain hard-to-find skills-sets and experience will command premium salaries from employers. Advanced Business Application Programming, which is used with SAP’s business application systems, has topped the list of highest-paying skill-sets in the Dice Salary Survey for the last three years.

Top Paying Tech Skills
* Jobs posted on Dice as of February 1, 2011. ^ Source: 2010-11 Dice Tech Salary Survey.

In Summary
When the economy took its downturn, many tech professionals were cautious and chose to stay with their current employers. During tough times, people stick with what they know.

Now it’s evident by the positive trends in job postings on Dice that recruitment activity is picking up in the tech sector.

Forward-thinking companies will not only need to have a more aggressive plan in place for attracting top candidates, but also to keep current employees happy and satisfied.

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