January 2016: Software Developers and Security Talent in High Demand

The January Dice Report uncovers that while there is an expected increase in hiring in the first half of 2016, many critical technology positions are in high demand and hard to fill. In particular, demand for tech professionals with security expertise continues to rise. It now ranks third in the ten roles and areas of expertise that hiring managers are currently struggling with the most.

The most challenging talent to hire:


Topping the list once again this year is software developers, a critical role in any company developing technology systems. Because they are in high demand, software developers may also be harder to retain. The best software professionals want to be leading creative and innovative projects. Hiring managers as well as ongoing managers will need to ensure that these opportunities are available to developers.

Not surprisingly, security roles rank in the top three in terms of importance. Gartner predicted that global spending on information security would reach $75.4 billion in 2015. With security breaches and information hacks appearing almost daily in the news, it’s clear that companies need to shore up their security practices with the right talent. Dice job postings for security professionals are growing year-over-year, with engineer positions up 22 percent and network security jobs up 19 percent.

Coming in at #6, mobile technology is growing in demand as more and more companies seek to translate web to mobile and build mobile apps from the ground up. Mobile developers and tech professionals are a critical part of this ecosystem and the demand for these types of jobs reflects the importance of their role.

The environment for tech positions is incredibly competitive, underlining the challenge in filling these roles and retaining talent. Our recent survey of technology professionals found that salary and position are critical incentives, but aspects of job satisfaction like housing, transit and work/life balance are also important. And once you’re able to hire talent for these top roles, focusing on these areas of satisfaction will not only benefit one person. Social recruiting is increasingly important for companies, so if your developers are happy and excited, they’ll spread the word – to the right people.

Bob Melk
President, Dice