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1Increased Hiring on the Horizon

Tech departments are getting ready to grow: 6 out of 10 hiring managers and tech recruiters say they expect to increase hiring in the first half of 2011 compared to the previous 6 months.

2Nearly Half of Companies to Increase Tech Hires by at least 10 percent

Among companies with plans to increase their tech armies, 45 percent say they’ll increase hiring rates by at least 10 percent, and another third expect an 11 percent to 20 percent increase, and 15 percent of companies plan on bringing in 21 percent to 30 percent more tech employees.

3Java, SAP, and Security Skill Sets in High Demand

Developers with diverse skill sets are projected to be in high demand. At the top of the skill set priority list? Java, .Net, and mobile are the big winners, as well as project managers, business intelligence specialists and SAP experts, and security analysts who can tackle the most recent threats from new platforms such as social media and embedded devices.

4Baby, it may be cold, but it’s not so bad out there.

Last year was tough when a lack of job opportunities and a flooded market combined to cause a firestorm for job seekers. If you take an eagle eye to the Dice results, perhaps reports of recovery are real. Forty-six percent of tech recruiters report that filling positions is taking longer than last year.

5Qualified job applicants hard to find

The number one reason cited by respondents for longer hiring cycles is the inability to find the qualifications and skill sets required&#151that’s good news for tech workers who can demand higher paychecks and retention perks when they are a perfect fit.

6Majority report flat salaries

Increases in demand aside, still more than half of respondents say salaries for existing tech staff were flat with last year&#15141 percent report at least slight pay raises. Only 29 percent report paying higher salaries for new hires over last year.

7About the survey

In November, Dice surveyed HR Managers and recruiters from all over the United States. The results are the conclusions of 850 responses.