Why IT Hiring Remains in a State of Flux

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 11-12-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why IT Hiring Remains in a State of Flux

    IT is increasingly looking to fill talent gaps by hiring temps for in-demand positions such as programmers, developers, cyber-security support and analysts.
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    Funding Forecast
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    Funding Forecast

    45% of CIOs and other surveyed tech leaders expect their IT budget to increase, a sentiment that has remained relatively steady through the year.
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    Steady Support
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    Steady Support

    73% express confidence in their IT department's ability to satisfy business demands, slightly up from 71% at the end of 2014.
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    Short Staffed
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    Short Staffed

    Only 36% anticipate increases in full-time hiring for the immediate future, down from 40% at the end of last year.
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    Temporary Fix
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    Temporary Fix

    39% expect to increase the hiring of temporary IT pros, up from 36% at the end of 2014.
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    Major Force: Compromising Position
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    Major Force: Compromising Position

    63% say cyber-security is making a major impact on their organization, up from 52% at the end of 2014.
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    Major Force: Weather Report
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    Major Force: Weather Report

    47% cite cloud computing as a major influence upon their organization, up from 29% at the end of last year.
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    Major Force: Impactful Analytics
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    Major Force: Impactful Analytics

    45% say business intelligence/big data remains a top influence within their organization, up from 41% at the end of 2014.
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    Major Force: Mobility
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    Major Force: Mobility

    41% say mobility is making a great impact within their company, compared to 36% at the end of last year.
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    The Influencer of Things

    39% say the Internet of things is greatly influential, up from 16% at the end of 2014.
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    Programmers and developers: 43%, Security pros: 41%, Software engineers: 40%, Big data/analytics specialists: 34%, Architects: 33%
 

While many CIOs and other tech leaders expect increases in their IT budgets, relatively few anticipate a boost in the number of full-time department staffers, according to the most recent "Reality Check" survey research from TEKsystems. Given the many hats that CIOs and their staffers wear these days—IT operations managers, innovators-in-residence, strategic vision collaborators—they're feeling somewhat stretched thin. And with tech advancements and business demands shifting so rapidly and unpredictably, IT is increasingly looking to fill in the gaps through the hiring of temps. Positions in demand include programmers/developers, cyber-security support and software engineers. With this, CIOs hope to effectively address pressing needs as related to cloud computing, business intelligence and mobility, among other hot tech niches. This way, IT can continue to earn high marks for its ability to satisfy business demands—an encouraging Reality Check trend. More than 300 CIOs and other IT execs took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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