CIOs in the U.S. are feeling more optimistic about hiring prospects in Q1 2011, according to a quarterly hiring report from Robert Half Technology. The level of encouragement among CIOs with regard to increasing IT staff, in fact, is at its highest point in a year. Geographically speaking, tech execs in the East/North-Central part of the country as well as those in the West/South-Central region are expected to be the most active in hiring. The health-care industry remains a top sector for tech professionals who are seeking employment. The data appear to indicate that CIOs are feeling confident that the worst of the recession is over, and it's time to boost staffing to support the enterprise and the tech needs of their organizations. "CIOs are reinitiating previously deferred projects and are more willing to invest in augmenting their teams," says John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology, a top provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. More than 1,400 CIOs took part in the survey, conducted via telephone interviews. Here are selected highlights:
11 percent of respondents plan to add IT staff during Q1 2011.
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