Citing Business Growth, CIOs to Hire in Q4

Thirteen percent of CIOs plan to increase their IT staff in the fourth quarter of 2006, according to a survey released Sept. 20 by Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professional services.

Three percent of CIOs anticipate cutbacks, giving a net 10 percent hiring increase in Q4, as forecast in Q3, but up 2 percentage points from Q2.

The leading factor driving the need for more IT personnel is business growth, cited by 40 percent of respondents. Increased customer support came in second, cited by 23 percent, followed by ERP (enterprise resource planning) installation and systems upgrades, chosen by 10 percent.

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“Ongoing competition for IT professionals, particularly those with hard-to-find skill sets and specialized expertise, is prompting many companies to devote greater resources to recruitment and retention efforts,” Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, based in Menlo Park, Calif., said in a statement.

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