CIOs Anticipate Solid Hiring Activity in First Quarter

<p><strong>Menlo Park, Calif. &mdash; Dec. 27</strong><br />Thirteen percent of chief information officers (CIOs) plan to add information technology (IT) staff and 3 percent anticipate personnel reductions in the first quarter of 2008, according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. The net 10 percent hiring increase compares with a net 12 percent increase projected last quarter. The majority of respondents, 82 percent, foresee no change in their staffing activity in the next three months.<br /><br />The Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. The company has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.<br /><br /><strong>Key Findings</strong><br /><br />&bull;    Windows administration (Server 2000/2003) skills are in greatest demand in IT departments.<br />&bull;    Networking is the hottest job category for the second straight quarter.<br />&bull;    CIOs in the Middle Atlantic (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania) and West South Central (Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas) states are the most optimistic about hiring plans.<br />&bull;    Business services firms lead all industries in hiring expectations.<br /><br />&ldquo;Companies are investing in a range of technology initiatives, including Web 2.0 development, wireless communication and network security,&rdquo; said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. &ldquo;Firms recruiting IT professionals to support these projects…


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