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CIOs Gaining Confidence in IT Hiring, Investments

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-22-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    16% of CIOs say they'll expand IT staffing in the first half of 2014, up from the 11% who planned to do so in the second half of 2013.
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    Addressing Vacancies

    67% intend to fill only open IT roles, up from 62% in 2013.
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    Holding Pattern

    Just 15% have put IT hiring plans on hold, down from 21% in 2013.
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    Easing Up

    63% say it's "somewhat" or "very" challenging to find skilled IT pros today, compared to 68% in the last half of 2013.
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    Most Difficult Positions to Find Skilled IT Talent

    Networking: 17%, Security: 14%, Help desk and tech support: 13%
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    57% say that IT pros with network administration skills are in the greatest demand, followed by Windows administration and desktop support (51%).
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    88% are becoming more optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments, which is slightly higher than the last half of 2013.
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    69% say they are confident that their organizations will invest in IT projects in the first half of 2014, compared to 63% in the last half of 2013.
 

It would be a stretch to describe the U.S. economy as "robust." However, it sure appears to be moving in the right direction. And that's good enough for CIOs to boost their forecast for both hiring and IT investment in 2014, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" reveals that an increasing percentage of CIOs are planning to expand current technology department staffing levels. (Albeit, the vast majority are comfortable with filling only open positions, as opposed to increasing staffing levels.) Still, a mere 2% intend to reduce IT staff. "We continue to see strong demand for IT professionals across the United States," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Professionals with skills in mobile applications development, data analytics and networking are in especially high demand." The research was compiled based upon surveys conducted throughout this year, and at least 2,300 U.S. CIOs took part in each one. For more about the findings, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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