It's still tough out there for information technology professionals, according to a May survey of 1,900 hiring managers and IT recruiters conducted by Dice, a job board for tech people. Most, 81 percent, said they planned to scale back on hiring plans in the next six months. Layoffs are also planned, with 43 percent anticipating cutbacks. However, that's slightly better than Dice's November survey, when 48 percent said they would be laying off IT workers. Salaries are also affected. Only a third say salaries will stay steady. Salaries will dip slightly, say 41 percent, while 17 percent say to expect significant declines.
"Many hiring managers report that the skill requirements for open positions are more demanding and hiring times are lengthening," Tom Silver, senior vice president of Dice, noted in an email. "While it's not surprising in this economy that companies are being selective, more than 90 percent of respondents indicated that they have at least one hard-to-find skill set or position to fill. This potentially equates to solid demand when the economy turns upward."