Nearly 50% of IT directors plan to hire staff in 2010 after two years of staffing cuts across the sector.
Reseach by ReThink Recruitment showed that 46% of IT bosses intend to hire people this year, although 17% are continuing to make redundancies.
Despite an upturn in hiring, the majority of directors (59%) plan to freeze pay for permanent staff and contractor rates are expected to remain static.
IT staff have faced austere times over the past two years with pay freezes for more than 70% of permanent staff and 98% of contractors. This is in sharp contrast to the 10% of UK companies which have frozen pay during the recession.
Michael Bennett, director at ReThink Recruitment, said the pay freezes would not last much longer.
He said, "Good quality candidates with the right skills are already difficult to find. As IT departments begin hiring again they will increasingly have to poach personnel from rival organisations, which will fuel rapid pay rises."