A Look at the Job Market in 2008

So you’re thinking of making a job change and wonder what the crystal ball holds. Are employers actively hiring this year? Will it take you a while to find another position, or will conditions be in your favor?

The news is good for information technology (IT) professionals. Research shows that firms expect to continue adding staff to support corporate growth and technology initiatives such as Web development, wireless communication and network security. The latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found that chief information officers (CIOs) anticipate solid hiring activity in the first quarter of 2008.

Job Seekers Gain an Edge
To better understand how companies and job seekers view current labor conditions, Robert Half International and CareerBuilder.com conducted research for the 2007 Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations (EDGE) Report. The vast majority of hiring managers polled said it is equally or more challenging to find qualified applicants today compared to 12 months ago, a 10 percent increase from a year earlier.

Employers attributed the difficulty to a shortage of qualified workers, due in large part to a low unemployment rate for college-educated professionals. Firms are looking for IT candidates with a mix of technical expertise, industry-specific experience and soft skills.

Professional and technical staff-level positions are particularly hard to fill, noted managers, with IT positions ranked No. 3 (AP) in difficulty among all job categories. CIOs polled in another survey by Robert Half Technology said it takes them an average of 56…


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