The hiring forecast for IT talent is improving, according to a new survey from Dice.com, an online career hub for tech professionals. The vast majority of tech-hiring managers and recruiters say they're gearing up to increase staffing for the first half of 2011 compared to the second half of 2010, the survey reports. And many companies plan to increase hiring by 10 percent or more. It's another sign that the worst of the economic downturn may be over. In particular demand are employees with Java and .Net skills. The other good news? This positive trend doesn't seem restricted to any one U.S. region. "Technology recruitment activity has strengthened all year creating more career opportunities for professionals," says Tom Silver, senior vice president at Dice. "The tech epicenter may be Silicon Valley. But the increase in recruitment activity is geographically broad - and the rumblings from the Valley will echo across the country." More than 850 HR managers and recruiters took part in the survey. Here are highlights:
Six of ten tech hirers/recruiters plan to hire more IT professionals in first-half 2011 than they did in second-half 2010.
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