Dice: Full-Time IT Job Listings Jump as Headhunters Circle

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IT job listing site Dice reports full-time job listings jumped by 20 percent month over month for May, pointing to a job revival. That hasn't been lost on headhunters, either, according to Dice, which reports that the vast majority of IT professionals have been approached by at least one headhunter since the beginning of the year. The big incentives offered to woo them away are higher pay and better career opportunities.

Looking for a full-time IT job? Dice reports a full-time hiring revival is under way, with the number of job postings jumping 20 percent month over month while contract position listings remained flat.

Dice reports full-time openings totaled 43,198; part time totaled 1,241; and contract openings totaled 29,801.

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"In order to add permanent staff, companies must have confidence in their business outlook—and that’s exactly what we are starting to see," said Tom Silver, vice president of North America at Dice, in a newsletter posting.

"And, there’s no doubt where companies are looking for the fresh talent: your employees."

Silver reports that more than two-thirds of employed IT pros have been approached by headhunters at least once since the beginning of the year. And those workers are ready to move, pointing to the desire for better career opportunities and higher pay.

"While headhunters are circling, it appears that employers may be in the dark," Silver writes. "More than 53 percent of frustrated technology professionals say they are not vocalizing their career issues with their current boss."

What would make them stay? A pay raise of at least 5 percent, said 93 percent of IT pros. And that’s what headhunters are using to lure workers away, according to Dice.

Other incentives offered are better career opportunities and the opportunity to work on new or emerging technologies. Dice reports that green technologies and mobile applications are the fields capturing the strongest emerging interest from IT pros.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com