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Tech companies to step up hiring
Technology pros in the Midwest have reason to cheer their job prospects, with 71 percent of recruiters and companies in this part of the country saying they intend to hire more tech workers in the second half of the year compared with the first half. Nationwide, the percentage is 73 percent, a new survey shows.
The national percentage is up from 64 percent who six months ago said they planned to hire more tech pros for the rest of the year, according to the survey by Dice, an online career website for tech professionals. The 71 percent response in the Midwest is up from 57 percent from six months ago.
The survey took place May 14-17 and queried 1,000 tech-focused recruiters and hiring managers.
More than 3 in 10 nationally (31 percent) and 33 percent in the Midwest say an improving economic climate boosted their hiring plans.
The market is becoming more volatile, too, with 33 percent of the respondents nationally and 36 percent in the Midwest seeing more tech pros quitting their jobs versus last year. Also, 32 percent nationally and in the Midwest say more job candidates are rejecting their salary offers than were six months ago.
The results come as small business optimism jumped to a one-year high in May, the National Federation of Independent Business reported Tuesday. Eight of the 10 measures in the Small Business Optimism Index increased, including expectations of bigger sales, better business conditions and opportunities to expand operations.