IT Hiring Forecast Heats Up

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-14-2014 Email

CIOs and other managers are planning on boosting overall staff size for the second half of 2014, with IT emerging as the hottest sector for increased headcount, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder. In fact, the tech industry will expand hiring at a significantly higher rate than it did this time last year, outpacing financial services, health-care and other in-demand sectors. And a notable percentage of organizations are even creating brand-new positions to better support specific IT niches. Overall, prospects for strong growth remain strong, as 31 percent of U.S. hirers plan to add full-time, permanent employees in the third quarter. The results reflect a general state of assuredness on the part of employers compared to last year, when organizations were somewhat irresolute about adding more staff, according to Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of "The Talent Equation." "Back then, employers anticipated a spike in temporary employment in the second half of the year while permanent employment was to remain flat," Ferguson says. "The 2014 mid-year forecast shows employers are expecting forward movement in all categories of hiring. Jobs will also be added in a variety of areas, heavily favoring job seekers with expertise in technology … and other specialized fields." Nearly 2,200 U.S. hiring managers and HR professionals participated in the research. For more about the CareerBuilder survey, click here.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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