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Renewed hope for unemployed tech pros

A new report from Dice indicates that a full-time hiring revival is underway. Here are some of the details from the report.

According to the May career report from Dice.com, a full-time hiring revival is underway. Here are some of the encouraging findings based on their site activity:

Job postings for coveted IT positions jumped 20 percent month-over-month, while contract positions were flat. (The career experts at Dice say that this means companies are gaining confidence in their business outlooks again, which results in hiring of permanent staff.)

  • More than 2/3 of employed technology professionals have been approached at least once by headhunters since the beginning of the year.
  • Tech professionals are ready to move - a greater number of them are relocating for jobs.
  • The technologies that are capturing the most interest from tech talent are green technologies and mobile applications.

Number of jobs posted by zip code as of May 3, 2010:

Washington DC/Baltimore--7,969

New York/New Jersey--7,912

Silicon Valley--4,250

Chicago--2,856

Los Angeles--2,650

Boston--2,433

Atlanta--2,052

Dallas--2,020

Philadelphia--1,808

Seattle--1,729

And what about tech pros who are already employed? It seems that 53% of them have problems with their current positions but are not voicing these concerns to their companies. Their predominant desires are:

  • More money (at least 5% more, according to 93% of them)
  • Better career opportunities and work on new or emerging technologies

Maybe with the general employment picture looking up, employed tech pros will feel more comfortable making more demands of their current work situations.

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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.

24 comments
iowastate
iowastate

Green technology is a scam - carbon credits to nothing but steal your money for no reason except to make rip off artists like Al Gore rich. There is very little job future in any of the so called alternative energy and no future at all in them .... we have finally figured out that they are an excuse to divert attention from the fact of the anti oil and business agenda of the present administration. While Obama is off playing golf oil is still spilling into the gulf and he talks about Solar energy which we already know will not work. another stimulus will help send the economy towards recession the first couple stimulus got us started...Bush started things off with smaller stimulus plans...it is simple economics

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

To be honest, this country has bigger issues than the government can handle. The best thing that the government can do, which they won't is to back off and let the economy take it's own course.

jkameleon
jkameleon

Unemployment is the lifeblood of the IT industry, because it keeps the wages down. Without it, most of the companies would go bust. Anthony Whelan, the head of cabinet for EU Information Society Commissioner Neelie Kroes, was very blunt regarding this matter: http://www.euractiv.com/en/infosociety/high-ICT-salaries-hamper-eu-digital-market-news-493719 "If ICT practitioners are not available or are available but at too high a cost due to market factors, this will make more difficult the uptake of the ICT sector"

arva786
arva786

An awesome article..!! Am an IT Preofessional too..doing my masters in commerce...am into the IT field..but hello... the second point is completely right for me...Am a Teacher!!! jus an IT teacher.. in a primary school.. which is not helping my abilities and ideas to expand ofcourse..!! Am too waiting for opportunities.. but luckily..this job fits my schedule well since i am doing my masters!!! :) But i still would anytym appreciate a better job!!!

wlportwashington
wlportwashington

Toni, Hate to tell you this, but ageism is still aline and well in New York.

reyoung01
reyoung01

Done before your time ... for Programmers, Network Engineers...the so called Tech Track, as opposed to the Mgmt Track, have until Fifty (50) the age when you are past your prime and are targets for the next RIF.

mjstelly
mjstelly

First, let me say that I know of no one who ever got hired through Dice. Doesn't mean there haven't been, just means that I don't know anyone. I've been in industry for 13 years, so I know a lot of IT folks. So for me, any report generated from Dice is immediately suspect. I would have researched findings from Challenger, Gray, & Christmas' - a respected outplacement firm - which stated on May 5th only that PLANNED FIRINGS WERE DOWN. Not exactly what I'd call a "full-time tech revival". Second, the cities cited here are all Tier 1 cities. I submit that the majority of IT folks in the US, like me, do not live in these cities. I didn't read the report, so I can't say for sure, but I would imagine that if a broader cross-section of the country were surveyed, there would be markedly less optimism about possible employment.

jmarkovic32
jmarkovic32

...in India maybe.

Justin James
Justin James

... the last few recessions the US have been through have become opportunities for employers to reevaluate their staffing situations and either phase out job functions entirely, or shift operations. A lot of companies are discovering in this recession that they can live without admin assistants and a lot of other clerical staff, or replace their jobs with technology. In the 2001 recession, when companies rehired a lot of entry level workers, they were hired overseas, not domestically. I feel that this trend is going to continue and move up the food chain as we pull out of the current crisis. My suggestion is that for people in jobs where there is no really obvious reason that the work needs to be performed on-site (like a standard "programmer" who writes code all day and rarely has to communicate outside of their group) to get to a point where they are doing things that *must* be done locally or by a domestic worker, whether it be client visits, numerous conference calls, design, demos, whatever. Anyone who *can* be offshored will be a target in the "recovery". Let's not forget the "jobless recovery" of 2002, I expect this "recovery" to either be "jobless" or even "negative" jobs. Sadly, "recovery" means "GDP goes up", not "jobs are created", and GDP can rise as workers get laid off! J.Ja

Ed.Pilling
Ed.Pilling

I dont know why the gov touts GDP. All it means is the amount of money that is being transferred at one moment. Has nothing to do with the economy. I do remenber the people in the white house years ago were saying shipping jobs overseas and allow more H1B in this country will help us out. They just didnt define who "us" was. When I was laid off I studied for my IT auditors exam and passed. So now I can do network security and auditing. I am seeing some decent jobs for those skills. Well also on the flip side I am hearing of jobs that they want you to do everything under the sun.

jmarkovic32
jmarkovic32

There are nothing but non-jobs posted on Dice from the same suspect companies fishing for resumes.

kellyannsmith
kellyannsmith

I am an IT professional in SAP. Typically work contract jobs using dice as my tool to judge the market. This process has worked well for the last 5+ years. However, of the late time that I've been looking for new opportunities, the postings have been made to dice.com by various different 3rd party staffing firms for the same position. Therefore, it appears that there are several jobs but essentially there is only one job advertised by as many as ten third party staffing organizations. It makes getting your resume out there difficult because the multiple staffing firms are fighting for the placement.

Kam Guerra
Kam Guerra

Most of the work is based on government awarded contracts. The company that holds the contract (the prime) advertises the position. The also send the position to a recruiting firm, and they advertise the position. The prime may have a teaming agreement with a subcontractor, who in turn advertises the position. The subcontractor also has a recruiting firm and that firm advertises the position. It's not uncommon to see multiple listings for the same position.

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

A high percentage of these jobs require some level of security clearance, which limits some employees.

Kam Guerra
Kam Guerra

The people with clearances are there (here actually). Still though, quality people are easy to find.

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

If you live in the D.C. area and you don't have any security clearances, the number of actual jobs that you can apply for is much lower.

Donmecca
Donmecca

I recently departed from a job after 4 years. It does seem like there are a ton a contract positions here. I haven't been looking for a permanent position because I am working on my CCNA to obtain a networking position in January. So this is good news for people like myself trying to obtain an entry level position.

Justin James
Justin James

I've been seeing a TON of job openings here in Columbia. The catch is, folks are being hired at "recession wages" (I'm guessing folks want to get workers locked in cheaply), and most of the work is low-value work anyways, it seems like ("we need 10 mid-level Web developers"). The market for high level workers still seems soft. J.Ja

TheSwabbie
TheSwabbie

In Columbia you have Palmetto Healthcare, it's a monster, they have own so much around Columbia its crazy, along with BCBS offices there too and a number of large corporations head offices. I dont know how my area (Greenville-Upstate) is doing.. havent looked recently. The lower level jobs do tend to be on the low paying side from what I've seen. But higher level stuff (ie more Experience) is still maintaining.. just not a glut of those jobs available that I see. The days of jumping ship for just a couple bucks or a bennie or two is over, In my humble opinion. The thing is, IT is a MUST. The world has put all its eggs in a digital basket.. we are guys who make sure those eggs dont get broken. Whether they want to skeletonize an IT or not, its a Digital world out there and that requires US. The guys/gals who get the paper with no experience should be hired at the lowest levels.. They dont really KNOW anything. I'd hire someone without a cert or degree in a heartbeat if he/she could answer my questions (verbal test)... done it before and it worked out great. The only one that doesnt apply so much to is Cisco Certs.. you cant easily pass those like you can the Microsoft tests.

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

I have seen areas where the biggest employers are hospitals and the economic side of me wonders if this isn't the sign that there is a problem with the local economy. Logic tells you that a hospital doesn't generate any outside revenue for the area. (Don't worry swabbie, I noticed you mentioned that Columbia has other corporations in the area. I'm talking about other areas).

Justin James
Justin James

I've never seen much opportunity for job hopping in the Columbia area, and it is definitely much less possible now. I always keep my ear and eye on the job market, not just because "you never know" but also because it's important to be as a writer here. In the past, I would see 5, 6 jobs a year that made me say, "that looks like a really good job with an outstanding comp package." Maybe it's because I'm further ahead in my career and there are many less jobs which would be tempting on the comp end of things. But at the same time, the jobs that you see that make you say, "wow, that job sounds like something I would enjoy" just is not there. I see a lot of "shut up and code" positions, which just is not something that grabs my attention. I suspect that a lot of the jobs I see are either government, healthcare, or some other big IT department, because who else hires developers 10 at a time with no differentiation in the skill sets? J.Ja

jmarkovic32
jmarkovic32

Now that the housing and construction industry is bust, we have alot of paper-certified hacks who want to "get into computers" because it's the only position that pays $30-40k entry-level, which puts them back where they were at pre-recession construction wages. It's like the flood of "handy men" after a recession. When people lose their jobs they tend to do handy men piecemeal jobs, undercutting the professional contractors. Why do you think that contractor reality shows are becoming popular? They're basically about professional contractors cleaning up the shoddy work of independent "handy men". Columbia, SC is much like Charleston, government job hell. Government gigs tend to promote from within, so any interview of "outsiders" is likely a legal formality. The only way to get hired onto a government gig is to get in at the bottom and work your way up which many mid-level folks don't want to or can't afford to do.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

It sure isn't 'Innovista'.

Justin James
Justin James

Innovista is hilarious. I took a look at it a few days ago (started following link after link after link starting with the site of a small startup I talked to), it's not a coordinated effort to bring jobs, it's just an excuse to build a lot of buildings to do some "urban renewal" thing. I'm really not sure what's driving it. I don't think it's government, since the "deadbeat dad" project is wrapping up, and that's dumping a lot of people who were with EMC/Sabre/HP as well as a few other staffing firms onto the market. I know that some of the companies that had laid people off at the beginning of 2009 are re-hiring now. I even know people who returned to the employers that laid them off (I thought that only happened at auto plants). I know one company that has an opening for Silverlight developers, and they have a government contract to do some work, and they are having a tough time finding folks. That will *always* be Columbia's problem. There's not enough work for a big pile of workers to be here, and not enough workers to attract a lot of work. It's very, very difficult to be an employer in Columbia if you need competant developers above "intermediate" level. At my last job I spent a year trying to hire good people, and they just are not there. So much of the work is Mickey Mouse work that even the people who have been around for a while have no practical experience with anything worth doing. J.Ja

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