CIOs Anticipate Hiring to Hit Five-Year High

By Deborah Rothberg  |  Posted 12-11-2006

CIOs anticipate a rise in IT hiring in the first quarter of 2007, according to the IT Hiring and Skills Report released Dec. 11 by Robert Half Technology, a tech placement firm based in Menlo Park, Calif.

Sixteen percent of executives polled plan to add IT staff in the next three months and only 2 percent anticipate cutbacks. The expected net 14 percent hiring increase is the highest since the fourth quarter of 2001, and is up four percentage points from the previous quarter's forecast.

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CIOs cited a range of factors contributing to the anticipated increase in Q1 IT hiring. Thirty-five percent of CIOs reported business growth as the reason for the expected hiring increase, while 26 percent cited an increased demand for customer and/or user support professionals.

Twenty-one percent responded that the increased need for the installation or development of new enterprise-wide applications was a primary factor driving IT hiring.

"A low unemployment rate, combined with ongoing demand for highly skilled professionals, is resulting in a strong need for IT specialists at all levels," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology.

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