Things will be looking up in the information technology job market from now until the end of the year, according to Robert Half Technology’s (RHT) most recent IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, which covers the fourth quarter of 2005. Sixteen percent of the approximately 1,400 chief information officers (CIOs) polled in the study plan to increase IT hiring, 4 percent expect reductions of staff, and the remaining 80 percent believe there will be no change.
These numbers represent the highest net rise—12 percent—in IT hiring since the third quarter of 2002. Business growth was cited as the main reason: Of the CIOs who predict they will add IT personnel this quarter, 36 percent listed corporate expansion as the primary factor behind their decision, while 21 percent said increased customer and end-user support needs would drive the upsurge. “There’s a shift in the marketplace, and companies are starting to hire more,” said Melissa Maffettone, branch manager of RHT’s Ft. Lauderdale office. “There are a lot of in-demand skill sets, and the candidates are starting to be snatched up very quickly.”
One key finding of the study was that networking was the most in-demand professional niche. Under the RHT definition, that’s an umbrella term that covers disciplines such as network security, systems auditing and wireless networking. “There are subsets under networking that we’re really starting to see a lot of growth in,” Maffettone said. “Wireless is starting to enter a lot of marketplaces. That includes making sure networks have…
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