Dec 28, 2011

What is the IT job market outlook for the coming year?

How sunny is the outlook for careers in IT for 2012? It seems to me from my little corner of the world that things are looking up from a hiring standpoint, at least in some ways. At a meeting this week , I was told that we intended to expand new hires in the coming year, and we can actually expect raises, which is of course nice to hear. Is this just in my neck of the woods, or do others see a broader expansion of hiring and retention efforts for 2012?


I think the IT job market is looking pretty positive for 2012.  There are positions looking to be filled in my company and a few others that I am aware of.  The biggest problem that we have found is finding new hires with the background and skills needed to step in and be productive from day one, but I suppose that is the nature of any area of business to some degree.  I read the same article at CIOinsight that jimlynch mentioned and it pretty much mirrors what I have heard from just talking to people I know at other companies; a lot are looking to hire, there is competition for qualified prospects, and salaries are inching up.  I hope mine more than inches up (a few yards up would be nice), but I think we are in a fairly good job market, especially considering much of the wider economy over the past 4-5 years.  Call me an optimist, but my guess is that things are going to continue to improve over the next year or two.

It seems like things may be looking up. Here's a story that indicates potentially good news.

IT Job Market to Improve in 2012

"While it might be premature to say that happy days are here again, the job market for tech professionals is looking sunnier for the first half of 2012, according to a recent survey of IT-focused hiring managers and recruiters by Dice.com. The majority of respondents said they plan to hire more IT talent during the first half of 2012, and that those IT pros are likely to command higher salaries."
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