IT managers responsible for finding new talent can expect a busy first half of the year, according to the latest forecast for tech hiring.
A solid 78% of hiring managers anticipate bringing on more tech people in the first six months of 2016 compared to the second half of 2015, reports tech career site Dice. Among those who see more hiring on the horizon, 71% plan to boost their teams by 11% or more.
Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear to be getting any easier to find skilled talent. Nearly half (49%) of hiring managers said the time to fill open positions has lengthened relative to last year, Dice reports.
"The environment for a talent crisis in tech has been growing over the past few years, and as the level of interest in technology professionals rises, it doesn't appear the challenging recruitment market will lighten any time soon," said Bob Melk, president of Dice, in a statement.
One thing that's changing is companies’ interest in people with less experience. In the latest survey, 27% of hiring managers said they plan to hire entry-level candidates, up nine points from last year, and 62% said they want candidates with two to five years of experience, up eight points from 2014.
To keep up with the competition, companies are sweetening the deals for employees. Just over half of respondents (53%) say they’re providing more perks, such as free lunches and gym memberships. Other recruiting tactics that are being offered more frequently today than a year ago include: sign-on bonuses (cited by 48%), paying relocation costs (48%), free medical and dental insurance (28%), company-paid mobile or car plan (20%), and unlimited vacation (13%).
A minority of hiring managers are having greater success with the offers they’re making: 20% say they’re seeing more candidates accepting offers this year as compared to last, up four points year-over-year.
Meanwhile, 64% of hiring managers and recruiters say salary guidelines have prevented positions available now from being filled, a jump from the 58% who said this last year.
Survey responses are split on the issue of counteroffers. Roughly 43% said yes, they’re seeing more counteroffers from candidates’ existing employers or offering more counteroffers to retain staff; 38% said no.
Dice’s data is based on a November survey of human resource managers, recruiters, consulting and staffing companies. Among 397 respondents, 37% said they recruit for their own corporate needs. Nearly a quarter (23%) work for companies with more than 500 employees.