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, 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/Baltimore𔃏,969

New York/New Jersey𔃏,912

Silicon Valley𔃌,250


Los Angeles𔃊,650






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.


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.

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