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.