Hiring for IT jobs expected to rise in second half of 2013

July 18, 2014

The economy remains uncertain and many employers are still unsure about their ability to take on new staff members in the near or distant future, but there is optimism out there about the market for IT jobs in the second half of 2013. According to a recent report from tech hiring site Dice, the tech sector is expected to drive employment growth for the remainder of this year.

The economy appears fairly stagnant on the whole. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment hasn't budged from its steady level between 7.5 and 7.9 percent this year, and in June, the figure checked in at 7.6 percent. But while some industries – like automobiles, for example – have struggled mightily, information technology is the one reliable driver of employment growth.

Dice found that numerous positions are expected to open up between now and New Year's. The company polled 1,000 tech-focused hiring managers and recruiters and found that a clear majority, 73 percent, plan to hire more IT professionals in the second half of 2013 than they did in the first. Six months ago, only 64 percent of managers were expecting their hiring rates to increase.

Tom Silver, Dice's senior vice president, explained that growth was especially noticeable in certain parts of the country where tech resources are booming.

"The biggest jumps in hiring intentions were from those with company headquarters in the Midwest, West and East, including the Northeast," Silver said. "Each market has its own unique story, but in the end, it's just a good job market for technology professionals."

IT leading the charge
While the United States has still yet to recover fully from the economic downturn that began in 2008, IT managers appear to be the most optimistic that the country is bouncing back. Approximately 31 percent of managers that Dice polled said that their plans for increased hiring could be attributed to the current economic climate in the U.S., an uptick from 29 percent six months ago, while only 22 percent said they'd felt economic pressure keeping them down.

Another indicator of economic strength is the prevalence of permanent jobs, as opposed to temp work. Luckily, 45 percent of Dice's respondents said they were turning to full-time staff more in 2013 than in 2012, and only 27 percent said they were using more temporary staffing agencies.

The economy may be uncertain in this era, but IT is one area of relative stability. Hiring numbers should reflect that for the rest of 2013.