2016 Forecasts And Predictions: More Hiring, Higher Wages, Longer Fill Times

John Zappe

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, though new year forecasts and predictions have to be close seconds. 2016 is no exception. Here’s a look at some of what we can expect in the months ahead:

Dice, the tech career site, says almost 8 in 10 hiring managers expect to do at least some hiring of IT professionals in the next several months; 27 percent plan to do “substantially more” hiring than they did in the last six months of 2015. No easy task, since half the managers in the survey report time to fill IT jobs is taking longer every day.

Looking ahead just three months, the Chicago staffing firm Brilliant says IT hiring will be more aggressive than the year before. More companies are reporting more open IT positions now than in the last quarter of 2015. The Brilliant forecast also predicts a modest increase in hiring for accounting and finance professionals.

CareerBuilder’s survey of 3,252 full-time employees found 21 percent of them have resolved to find a new job this year. That’s 5 percentage points higher than what last year’s survey found. Among millennials, 30 percent plan to be working elsewhere by the end of the year.

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