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Where Are All the Qualified IT Workers?

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 06-23-2016 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Where Are All the Qualified IT Workers?

    Organizations plan to hire more tech experts, but many are struggling to find talent with specialized skills in cloud computing, data analytics and security.
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    21% of U.S. CIOs plan to increase IT department staffing.
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    Cautious Position

    63% plan to hire only for open IT positions, and 13% are putting hiring plans on hold.
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    Just 3% plan to cut IT staffing.
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    Rare Talent

    61% said it's either "somewhat" or "very" challenging to find skilled IT pros today.
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    Most In-Demand Tech Skills
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    Most In-Demand Tech Skills

    Network administration: 57%, Desktop Support: 55%, Database management: 53%
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    Five Hiring Hotspots for IT: Minneapolis

    29% of CIOs in Minneapolis/Twin Cities plan to boost tech department staffing, and only 3% plan to reduce IT staffing.
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    Five Hiring Hotspots for IT: Indianapolis

    27% of CIOs in Indianapolis intend to expand IT staffing, while just 3% said they'll cut staffing.
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    Five Hiring Hotspots for IT: Detroit

    26% of CIOs in Detroit said they'll expand IT staffing, with only 4% intending to reduce staffing.
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    Five Hiring Hotspots for IT: Raleigh

    24% of CIOs in Raleigh indicate that they'll be adding more staff, and just 2% plan to cut staffing.
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    Five Hiring Hotspots for IT: Washington, D.C.

    23% of CIOs in Washington, D.C., plan to increase staffing, and only 2% intend to reduce staff.
 

With IT emerging as an increasingly essential part of strategic planning within organizations, many companies are planning to expand tech department staffing, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The resulting "IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" indicates that, at the very least, the majority of CIOs will seek to fill vacant positions, and very few intend to reduce IT staffing. Finding the right candidates for available opportunities, however, remains challenging for most CIOs, especially when it comes to the most in-demand tech niches. "Organizations are getting the green light on more technology projects, prompting them to make strategic hires," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "However, technology leaders continue to struggle to find highly skilled talent in a market with low unemployment. They seek IT professionals with specialized skills, especially in the areas of cloud computing, data analytics, mobile strategies and cybersecurity." The report also reveals the top five "hiring hotspot" metro areas for expanding IT staffing - with the top three cities being in the Midwest - and we've included those here. More than 2,500 CIOs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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