Mountain States Lead in IT Hiring PlansBy Deborah Rothberg | Posted 06-14-2006
Although only 13 percent of the executives polled said they plan to add IT staff in the next three months and 3 percent anticipate cutbacks, the net 10 percent hiring increase is still 2 percentage points higher than last quarter's forecast. Eighty-four percent said they intend to leave their tech staff levels unchanged.
Regionally, the Mountain statesArizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyominglead the United States in hiring optimism.
Nineteen percent of CIOs in this region expect to add personnel this quarter, 9 percentage points above the national average. None in this region said they foresee staff cutbacks.
A net hiring increase of 18 percent is anticipated in the West South Central regionArkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texaswhere 21 percent of CIOs plan to expand their IT departments and only 3 percent anticipate personnel reduction.
Looked at by industry rather than region, executives in finance, insurance and real estate expect the most hiring activity, with a net 15 percent of CIOs expressing an intention to hire. This increase is 5 percentage points above the national average.
The transportation industry comes in as a close second, with 14 percent of CIOs saying they plan to increase their tech staff size and none expecting staff reductions.
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