IT Staffing Is on the Rise for 2015

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-19-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    19% of the CIOs surveyed plan to increase IT department staffing for the first half of 2015, up from 14% who planned to increase staffing six months ago. Just 3% intend to reduce staffing.
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    68% plan to fill vacant IT roles, which is down from 76% six months ago.
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    89% of the CIOs are "somewhat" or "very" confident about their company's growth prospects for the first half of 2015, about the same as six months ago.
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    24% expect that their IT budgets will increase in 2015. (This is the first time CIOs were asked about IT budgets for this survey, so there is no comparison data.)
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    Nearly three-quarters of those forecasting IT budget increases expect that it will increase by up to 20%, and about one in ten said the increase will fall between 21% and 30%.
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    67% of the respondents said it's "somewhat" or "very" challenging to find skilled IT professionals, up from 61% six months ago.
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    Software development: 20%, Security: 15%, Networking: 14%
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    Network administration: 63%, Desktop support: 61%, Windows admin: 57%
 

IT staffing prospects look encouraging for the year ahead, as more CIOs expect to expand their technology organization's headcount than reduce it, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" indicates that an overwhelming majority of CIOs express confidence in their company's growth prospects for next year, and a notable share expect increases in their 2015 IT budget. That said, these technology executives will continue to face immense challenges in recruiting for key tech positions. "The first half of 2015 will remain a highly competitive hiring market, as IT departments expand their teams to address the three drivers for tech employment: mobile, big data and security," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Companies recruiting for workers in software development, security and networking may find it especially challenging to recruit skilled talent." More than 2,400 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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