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Dice report shows nearly 50% increase in tech jobs advertised over past year

The current economic recovery has been described by many as a "jobless recovery." And rightly so, as the unemployment rate continues to hover just below 10 percent, according to the Department of Labor.

But things appear to be looking up in the tech sector. Recruitment site Dice reports a big jump over the past year in the number of full-time tech jobs advertised on its site.

From Network World:

Dice said the number of full-time positions advertised by its service rose from 29,101 on Oct. 1, 2009 to 42,502 on Oct. 1, 2010, a 46% increase. Total tech jobs, including full-time, contract and part-time positions, rose from 51,439 to 70,798 in the 12 months ending Oct. 1. Next month's numbers are shaping up to be even more robust, with Dice already reporting 74,089 tech jobs on Thursday of this week.

That latter figure is especially heartening because it means the trend is continuing. Many times over the past year we've seen optimistic (OK, relatively optimistic) overall employment numbers followed by disappointing ones.

In Dice's monthly report, senior vice president Tom Silver writes, "The economy has created nearly 400,000 temporary positions in just 12 months. By comparison, it took more than three years to achieve that kind of growth during the last recovery."

If you're into freelance tech work, there's good news there too. Dice says hourly rates for contractors are up as companies that are understaffed attempt to fill the void by bringing on qualified freelancers for temporary assignments.

Dice reports that tech jobs most in demand include:

* experienced Java developers

* database administrators

* virtualization specialists

* project managers

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