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CIOs Taking Slow, Steady Hiring Approach

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 09-11-2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    11% of CIOs say they'll expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, a percentage that's about the same as was reported in the third quarter.
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    2-Standing Pat
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    Standing Pat

    65% plan to hire only for open IT roles, compared to 56% for Q3.
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    3-Freeze Frame
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    Freeze Frame

    19% have put Q4 IT hiring plans on hold, as opposed to 26% in Q3.
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    5% plan to reduce their IT staffing, about the same as Q3.
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    ISO

    68% say it's challenging to find skilled IT professionals today.
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    6-Most Challenging Tech Needs to Fill
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    Most Challenging Tech Needs to Fill

    Network oversight: 19%, Data and database management: 13%, Help desk and tech support: 12%
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    The Power of Positive Thinking

    86% of CIOs are confident in their companies' prospects for growth in Q4.
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    64% say they're confident that their organizations will invest in IT projects in Q4.
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    Biggest In-Demand IT Skills

    Desktop support: 54%, Network admin: 52%, Database management: 52%
 

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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