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IT Hiring Forecast Optimistic…for Now

Network World (06/06/12) Ann Bednarz

A poll of 800 information technology-focused hiring managers and recruiters found 73% plan to increase hiring in the second half of the year compared with the first six months of 2012, an increase from six months ago when 65% said they planned to increase hiring. Approximately one-quarter (24%) said the time it takes to fill positions has shortened compared with last year, while 45% reported extended hiring times, due in part to an inability to find qualified professionals.

IT professionals of all experience levels are in demand, though hiring managers and recruiters reported different search priorities. Companies recruiting for their own needs are most likely to focus on technical professionals with two to five years in the work force, slightly edging out those with six to 10 years of experience. Staffing companies and recruiters, meanwhile, tend to be searching for more experienced professionals with six to 10 years of tenure.