RHT Report: CIOs Optimistic About Hiring

Thirteen percent of chief information officers forecast that they’ll add IT staff in the fourth quarter of this year, while only 3 percent anticipate decreases, according to Robert Half Technology’s most recent IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. The study involved opinions on hiring trends from more than 1,400 CIOs at companies of various sizes and industries.

According to the report, the increases in hiring are the result of solid business growth and rising awareness of new trends like customer relationship management.

“There’s a whole lot of business growth and business change happening across technology right now,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “As technology gets better, faster and stronger, there are a lot of organizations that are looking at new technologies and new ways to utilize information. We’ve seen a big uptick in things like data mining and business intelligence. Look at the retail space, for example. Right now, they’re getting ready to go into their golden quarter. They’ll ask, ‘If someone buys something online from us, how can we get them to buy two things instead of one?’”

There are a few surprises in the study, including the fact that help desk and support professionals are in the greatest demand in the United States. Lee said this was the result of a surge of new product releases.

“We’ve seen a lot of organizations roll out new technologies,” she said. “We have a lot of clients…



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