CIOs Focused on Filling Key IT Positions

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-14-2014 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    14% of CIOs plan to boost the overall number of employees in IT this year, while only 1% plan to reduce staffing.
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    76% plan to only fill open IT roles with new employees, and just 8% have put IT hiring plans on hold.
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    61% say it's challenging to find skilled IT pros.
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    Applications development: 17%, Networking: 17%, Security: 12%
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    Network administration: 57%, Database management: 52%, Desktop support: 52%
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    89% are confident about their company's growth prospects for the rest of the year, which is about the same as it was six months ago.
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    71% say they are confident that their firm will invest in IT projects sometime this year, compared to 69% six months ago.
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    44% expect to make purchases in hardware upgrades, and 21% anticipate more investment in software upgrades.
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While they're not experiencing the boom times of the 1990s, CIOs are generally upbeat about hiring prospects for the rest of the year, according to a new survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" report reveals that more CIOs plan to increase staffing rather than cut it. Meanwhile, they're bullish on IT spending and growth prospects. Still, they admit that they face constant challenges in recruiting for certain, in-demand IT skills. "Many IT departments will be focused on adding skilled technology professionals for newly created or existing open positions," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "However, many organizations are likely to find it difficult to locate specialized talent, especially in the areas of applications development, networking and security." Overall, the forecast depicts a period of solid, steady growth, which hopefully won't produce the sudden, dramatic crash that followed the boom times of the 1990s. As a bonus, we're including selected tips on what to look for in a potential tech hire—beyond IT skills. The tips were compiled from an online report posted by CultureFit. More than 2,300 U.S. CIOs participated in the Robert Half research. For more about the survey, click here. For more about the CultureFit report, click here.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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