After a rosy first-quarter report, the latest installment of the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report
shows that expectations have been tempered since the start of the year. While the economy is showing signs of recovery, CIOs and other tech managers expect to increase hiring. But the pace is forecasted to slow down considerably. The majority of these tech executives expect to keep staffing at current levels. Despite this setback, overall confidence for the future remains high. In addition to gauging the perceived health of the job market, the report pinpoints the IT skills out there that are most difficult to recruit, with networking talent at the top of the list. Robert Half Technology is a staffing agency for technology professionals focusing on Web development, systems integration, network security and other organizational needs. More than 1,400 CIOs took part in the research.