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Dice lists IT job postings that are showing a surge

The latest report from Dice shows, among other things, that job postings for software developers and open source pros are experiencing a surge.

The highlights from the most recent report from Dice about job postings on their site:

  • "Software development is beyond compare in today's job tech job market." Even if you're not an engineer - many hiring managers want candidates to have a thorough understanding of the software development lifecycle. More development equals more QA or ensuring a project, product or service meets certain standards and satisfies requirements.
  • The need for open source programming language skills that power a huge number of Web applications and technologies is evident in requests for Python and Ruby. Both have hit all-time highs in six of the 10 months in 2012.
  • Speaking of open source, JBoss is on the list with nearly 2,000 job postings on any given day, up 10 percent year/year.
  • Job postings for Android development job postings are up 33 percent from a year ago.
  • There is a continuing demand for information security professionals.
  • Microsoft nabs a couple of spots on the list, with MS Dynamics (1,581, up 10% year/year) and Windows 7. With Windows 8 just around the corner, it's interesting that recruiting activity for the previous version is at an all-time high.
  • Requests for virtualization know-how scaled its all-time high too.


Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.


Just because the number of job postings has increased doesn't mean more jobs are available or that demand is increasing. It could simply mean that instead of 8 recruiting firms posting the same job, there may now be 12.


But fundamentals are not. A new job might look promising, but then you start thinking about the overall financial strength of the hiring company. Will they be around in two years? Will you be outsourced? The devil you know is better than the devil you don't.


It's nice to see that the number of job postings are expanding. Hopefully that's good news for the general market and economy. However, the IT job market has been relatively strong over the past few years. Despite the economic hardship over the last 4 years, many companies complain that they haven't been able to attract strong tech talent. A big reason is that many techies are hunkered down at their current job and cautious about taking the leap to a new company. Several tech recruiters I spoke with mentioned that the number of IT job offers rejected has gone up significantly in the past few years. IMO the offers just weren't good enough to make someone leave a good thing. Let's hope this loosens things up a bit and the market gets really strong.

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