The technology talent gap isn't likely to shrink this year or anytime soon - which puts companies at risk of having their best IT people poached.
The majority of candidates who are working with recruiters like Winter, Wyman are tech professionals who have jobs but are looking for better positions.
"Ninety percent of our candidates are passive job seekers. They're hunkered down somewhere working," says Winter, Wyman's Kasmouski. "There are enough opportunities out there, and enough of a variety of them, that all of a sudden people are realizing they could get a job closer to home, or they could work with a technology they've wanted to work with."
Dice.com's Hill agrees.
"A lot of people rode out the recession - they didn't see their salaries go up, they didn't really get to do a lot of the cool projects that companies put on hold, and they're also often doing the job of a couple of people because of deferred hiring. Now they've got a chance to look and see what other greener pastures are out there," Hill says.
Now that employers have the green light to do some hiring, they're scrambling to attract the right talent. "It's a big climate for poaching and an opportunity for employees to negotiate some additional perks or get involved in a better project," Hill says.
For new computer science grads, the timing couldn't be better. "We're starting to see a lot of computer science grads getting multiple job offers. A couple of years ago, people were worried if they would ever be able to start paying off their student loans," Hill says. "It has really turned around."
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