Q2 Forecast for IT Hiring

Menlo Park, Calif. — April 1

Just 14 percent of chief information officers in the United States surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the second quarter of 2013, according to a recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. In addition, 61 percent of CIOs said they will not be adding positions but will fill IT positions that open in the next three months. Twenty-two percent will not be hiring, even to fill an open position, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels.

“We continue to see strong demand for IT workers as companies increase their investment in technology initiatives, including security, data mining and mobile,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Companies are finding it most challenging to recruit technology professionals in specialties such as network administration and database management.”

The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis, and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on more than 2,300 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies in 23 major metro areas with 100 or more employees.

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