CIOs Expect to Boost Staffing for the Rest of 2015

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-11-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    22% of surveyed CIOs plan to add more staffing to their IT departments for the second half of 2015, up from 14% a year ago.
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    Open Opportunity

    67% of those surveyed plan to hire only for vacant IT roles, which is down from 76% a year ago.
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    Shutdown Mode

    Just 9% have put IT hiring plans on hold, and only 2% plan to reduce tech department staffing.
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    59% said it's either "somewhat" or "very" challenging to find available, skilled IT pros today.
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    Top In-Demand IT Skills
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    Top In-Demand IT Skills

    Windows admin: 53%, Desktop support: 52%, Network admin: 52%, Wireless network management: 50%
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    69% of CIOs said they are taking steps to address recruiting challenges, with 48% increasing their networking activities and 37% hiring recruitment or staffing firms.
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    36% are offering referral bonuses to boost hiring efforts, and 36% are bringing on consultants to augment current staffing.
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    Top Cities for IT Staff Expansion

    Miami: 27%, Los Angeles: 25%, St. Louis: 24%, Detroit: 23%, Cleveland: 23%
 

An increasing number of CIOs are planning to expand IT staffing for the remainder of the year, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Relatively few are putting hiring plans on hold, or anticipate reducing staff. As has been the case for the last several years, most CIOs find the current hiring environment to be challenging, with a lack of available, skilled IT pros. To gain a recruitment edge, they're looking to increase their networking activities while seeking support from recruitment and staffing firms. "Skilled technology professionals are in high demand across the country, and companies are going to great lengths to attract the best talent," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "In this job seekers' market, technology leaders must not only develop innovative technology solutions, but also create a department culture that inspires and rewards innovation in its employees." The findings also reveal the top cities for IT staffing expansion–with surprising results that don't include San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Austin or other traditional hot spots for the tech industry. More than 2,500 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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