Temporary hiring also is up, according to TEKsystems, a technology staffing and services company that collaborates with the Inavero Institute on a quarterly IT and Talent Survey. Twenty-nine percent of companies polled expect to add temporary IT workers this quarter, up from 23 percent last quarter, TEKsystems said earlier this week, citing its most recent survey. The survey included input from more than 1,000 CIOs and other IT decision makers in the U.S. and Canada.
"While the hiring of temporary and permanent employees is expected to increase over the next six months, the survey reveals that hiring permanent employees will outpace temp hiring, another sign of a stabilizing economy," TEKsystems said in a statement about its survey results.
"Stabilizing" may be the operative word.
"The market is better," Dice's Silver said, adding quickly, "it's not great." While the U.S. unemployment average for IT workers is at 5 percent compared to the national average of 9.5 percent, sluggish consumer spending and other shakiness continue in what is still a volatile economic situation. The "gradual improvement" noted by Dice and others that track hiring trends and statistics is most evidenced -- as expected -- in the larger U.S. tech centers, led by Silicon Valley, which has 70 percent more job postings at Dice.com than a year ago.
The Valley typically leads demand with other markets following -- there also are more job listings in New York City and Boston, with smaller markets such as Research Triangle Park, Chicago and Atlanta also picking up steam. The New York City job listings include a 24 percent increase year-on-year in IT positions open at Wall Street financial firms, according to eFinancialCareers, which also is a Dice Holdings company.
Prospective employees and those who held onto their jobs during the long months of economic turmoil may find the most promising sign is that 72 percent of Dice Report corporate respondents say that they do not expect any layoffs at their companies in the next six months.