Survey Finds That Tech Hiring Is Getting Tougher in 2014

A new survey found that tech hiring isn’t getting any easier, and in fact, may get even harder this year.

Dice.com surveyed hiring managers and recruiting professionals to find 73 percent of them report their companies plan to do more hiring of tech workers in the next several months. Nearly a quarter of all the survey respondents told Dice their tech hiring would be “substantial.”

Lured by more pay, the number of professionals switching jobs is growing.

More than 40 percent of the survey respondents said they’ve lost tech staff in the last six months. That compares to just over 30 percent who said that in the spring survey. The No. 1 reason for the job changes: pay, reported three-quarters of the survey participants.

Salary issues and rejected offers

Making clear just how challenging the recruiting environment is for companies seeking tech workers, almost 6 in 10 said they’ve had to leave to positions vacant because of their existing salary guidelines. And a third of them have had offers rejected.

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Computerworld survey a few months back found that programming/application development tops the list of skills that will be most in demand next year. The 2014 Forecast survey named developer and programmer job openings as the most difficult to fill.

After that, demand will be heaviest for help desk/technical support jobs. Networking, mobile app, project management, database admin, and security round out Computerworld’s survey list of the jobs that will be hottest in 2014.

John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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