New England IT Hiring May Increase in 2010, Research Shows

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Boston – Dec. 16

According to the latest research from Veritude, a staffing services provider, New England executives are significantly more likely to anticipate that the hiring of information technology (IT) employees will increase in 2010, as compared to executives from other U.S. regions (58 percent and 37 percent, respectively). The results from the Veritude research conducted on the 2010 IT hiring outlook, coupled with recent news of decreasing unemployment rates in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, cast a positive forecast for IT job seekers in 2010.

Of the New England companies anticipating an increase in IT staffing requirements next year, 59 percent plan to hire either contract/temporary workers or permanent staff. Although New England executives generally mirror the opinions of executives in other geographic areas, 44 percent are likely to hire temp-to-perm employees, compared to 33 percent of executives in other regions.

“Demand for IT staff can be fickle based on budget fluctuations and market demands. Temporary or contract workers are extremely attractive to companies because they can fill an immediate need – meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality,” said Tom Hart, executive vice president of Veritude. “Not to mention that more and more talented IT workers in New England are choosing to become ‘free agents’ as a result of the changes in the economic landscape, providing companies access to talent without the administrative and financial investments that come with permanent hires.”

In addition, according to Veritude’s research, project managers will be most in demand in New England in 2010 while enterprise architects and systems administrators will be least in demand. When it comes to their biggest hiring challenges, executives in New England continue to cite finding the right skills and cultural fits. One particular skill rises to the top of New England companies’ wish lists – 49 percent of New England hiring executives are having a hard time finding business intelligence skills, such as Oracle and Informatica.

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