The new year is a bright one for IT professionals with the latest career survey calling for more jobs and higher salaries in 2014.
CareerBuilder surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers and HR professionals over the last two months of 2013 and found that 29% plan to hire IT staff in 2014. IT was the second-highest sector when it came to expected hiring, just 1% behind sales. Overall, 24% of those surveyed plan to hire full-time, permanent staff this year.
"Looking at functions across an organization, the top two positions companies plan to hire for in the New Year – sales and information technology – are also where employers expect to provide the biggest salary increases," the survey notes.
Geographically, the West is the place to find the largest job growth, with 26% planning on hiring more full-time staff. The Northeast is second at 24%, followed by the Midwest (24%) and the South (22%).
A promising trend for job holders who want to diversify their skills is that more companies are expected to build the perfect candidate instead of wait for one.
Nearly half (49%) of employers surveyed said they intend to train employees in areas in which they don't have experience, as opposed to hiring a person with those skills.
"Twenty-six percent of employers are sending current employees back to school to get an advanced degree – and picking up all or part of the cost," survey authors said.
"The general sentiment shared by employers whom CareerBuilder talks to every day is that there will be a better job market in 2014," said Matt Ferguson, CareerBuilder CEO. "What we saw in our survey was reluctance from some employers to commit to adding jobs until the outcomes of debt negotiations and other issues affecting economic expansion are clearer. As these stories play out and employers find their footing in the New Year, there is greater potential for the average monthly job creation in 2014 to exceed that of 2013."