Careers Slideshow: IT Jobs: Staffing Levels to Hold SteadyBy Dennis McCafferty | Posted 05-18-2012
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8% of CIOs expect to expand their IT departments, as opposed to 5% who anticipate cutbacks.
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The net 3% increase in hiring activity is down from a net 10% increase projected last quarter.
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85% of CIOs expect to keep current staffing levels as they are, up 15% from last quarter.
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87% of CIOs are optimistic about their company's growth prospects over the next three months.
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77% of CIOs feel confident in their organization's investment in IT projects for the second quarter.
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65% of CIOs say it's difficult to find skilled professionals in IT today.
IT Skills in Highest Demand:
(as cited by survey participants)â¢ Networking (16%)â¢ IT security (15%)â¢ Help desk/tech support (14%)â¢ Applications development (13%)â¢ Data/database management (10%)
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12% is the net hiring projection for IT workers in the wholesale industry, highest among sectors.
Other Hot Sectors:
Transportation, with a net 9% increase projected, and manufacturing, with a net 7%.
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12% is the net hiring projection for IT employees in the Mountain region, the highest geographical area in the U.S.