CIOs Taking Slow, Steady Hiring Approach

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-11-2013 Email

CIOs and their organizations are taking a proceed-with-caution approach to IT staffing in light of the continuing economic recovery, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The good news? A very small percentage plan to eliminate existing tech jobs in the fourth quarter of 2013. The so-so news? Few are planning to expand their IT departments. It's encouraging, however, that the growth segment here is literally twice as large as those anticipating reductions-in-force (RIFs). And a clear majority of CIOs are optimistic about their companies' plans for IT investment in the immediate future, as well as overall growth prospects. Given this, most of them are seeking to keep tech staffing levels steady, especially for key, in-demand positions. "IT hiring managers remain selective when hiring, but know they need to move fast to acquire top talent in hot specialty areas such as networking and help desk support," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Many firms are increasing their focus on retention because candidates in these areas of IT can be hard to find." More than 2,300 U.S.-based CIOs took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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