Q2 Forecast for IT Hiring

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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.

Recruiting Challenges
The majority (70 percent) of CIOs surveyed said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. Respondents cited networking (16 percent), data/database management (13 percent) and applications development (12 percent) as the most challenging functional areas in which to recruit.

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that CIOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth and IT investments. Eighty-nine percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the second quarter of 2013.

Seventy-two percent of CIOs also said they were somewhat or very confident that their firms would invest in IT projects in the second quarter of 2013.

Skills in Demand
Among the technology executives surveyed, 51 percent said both network administration and database management are the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT department. Desktop support followed, with 48 percent of the response.

Source: Robert Half Technology

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