Careers Slideshow: IT Job Prospects for Q2 2009

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 03-10-2009

IT Job Prospects for Q2 2009

CIOs expecting to add IT staff in the second quarter of 2009: 8%

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CIOs expecting to reduce IT staff in the second quarter of 2009: 6%

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Net expecting to add staff: 2%

Net for first quarter: 8%

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21% of those expecting to add staff plan to use both full-time and contract workers

8% expect to use only contract workers.

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25% of CIOs say business growth is driving demand for new staff.

9% say expansion of the IT department is the driver.

8% say increased workloads drives hiring demand.

8% cited the need for systems upgrades.

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40% of CIOs said lower IT budgets would lead to staff reductions.

21% cited the impact of the financial meltdown on their company or industry.

18% cited IT projects being put on hold.

18% cited companywide layoffs.

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Highest job-growth areas: Help desk/technical support and networking, each cited by 15% of CIOs.

10% of CIOs cited Internet/intranet development.

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Most in-demand skill: Desktop support.

Network administration, the most-needed skill for the previous two quarters, came in a close second.

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Most optimist region:

18% of CIOs in the Mountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) plan to add staff;

8% plan to reduce staff.

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Other regions above the national average in hiring plans:

New England and West North Central (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota), both with a net 5% projected increase.

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Industries most likely to hire include business services, with a projected net increase of 7%, and professional services, with a projected net increase of 6 percent.

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