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More Employers Plan to Hire Tech Pros in Second Half of 2017

According to Dice’s latest survey, 73% of hiring managers plan to hire more tech professionals in the second half of 2017, a five-point increase since the last hiring survey conducted in November 2016.

More Employers Plan to Hire Tech Pros in Second Half of 2017

“In the fast-moving tech industry, skills gaps are common and employers are often challenged to find candidates with the latest proficiencies. Professionals are increasingly seeking out new training opportunities and experiences like Hackathons to ensure they’re up to date,” said Bob Melk, President of Dice.

Hiring managers are using the following methods to attract candidates:

  • Pay for relocation (56%)
  • Unique perks like gym memberships and free lunches (51%)
  • Sign-on bonuses (50%)
  • Free medical insurance (31%)
  • Company-paid mobile phones (15%)

“Tech professionals are in the driver’s seat and those who use the competitive environment to their advantage will be successful in managing – and excelling—in their careers,” said Melk.

Other survey highlights from hiring managers:

  • 56% say salaries are on the rise for new hires, yet only 44% report they’re up for existing staff
  • The main reason for the lengthening of time to fill open tech positions is the inability to find qualified candidates, followed by waiting to find the perfect fit
  • 74% say building a bench is more important than a year ago
  • 73% say layoffs in the next six months are not likely
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