Overall, the economic recovery can be likened to a tortoise as opposed to a hare—slow and steady seem to be winning this race. And CIOs are finding that prospects for their IT departments are no exception, according to survey results from the latest quarterly IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report from Robert Half Technology. The vast majority of these senior tech managers are now planning to fill open positions, results show. While a minority intends to expand staffing levels, they far outnumber those who anticipate headcount reductions. And as many CIOs ramp up into hiring mode, a decided majority is having tough time finding qualified candidates. "Finding candidates in hot specialty areas such as networking, database management and help-desk support continues to be a challenge for many companies," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Many firms are increasing their focus on retention because good candidates can be hard to find." More than 2,300 U.S. CIOs participated in the research.
Most Difficult IT Functions to Staff Networking: 18%, Data and database management: 14%, Help desk and tech support: 13%
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