New headhunter research offers hope that the job market is tightening – at least for select job candidates in information technology.
While the nations unemployment rate stands north of 9 percent, unemployment is less than 2.5 percent for computer programmers, data administrators and other IT specialists, according to the latest hiring report by employment behemoth Robert Half International.
RHI uncovered the trend after surveying 1,400 chief information officers in September and October and studying new data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Results showed an interesting dual job market where unemployment is relatively high for the general population but ... very low for computer network architects, system analysts and database administrators, software and Web developers and for even back-end support, said Kathy Northamer, technology district president for Robert Half, in an interview last week.
For example, the unemployment rate for computer network architects is just 0.2 percent. For database administrators its 2.4 percent.
IT executives surveyed acknowledged that the sudden spike in demand for skilled IT workers has shifted power to job candidates. In fact, recruiters now say that sought-after candidates increasingly flaunt multiple job offers, higher wage demands and a general choosiness that didnt exist just two years ago.
Its a tough challenge for the recruiters, Northamer said.