CHICAGO, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Chicago shows that 15 percent of Chicago-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2014. This is up 2 points compared to projections from the previous six-month period (June-December 2013). Another 67 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 16 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the first six months of the year.
Chicago IT Hiring Forecast July - Dec. Jan. - June 2013* 2014 CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 13% 15% ------------------------- --- --- CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 59% 67% -------------------------- --- --- CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 22% 16% ----------------------- --- --- CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 5% 2% ----------------------- --- --- Don't know future hiring plans 1% 1% ------------------------ --- ---
*Moving forward, the CIO survey will be conducted semi-annually versus quarterly. Numbers from 2013 are the average of responses for Q3 and Q4 2013.
**Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"In Chicago, we continue to see high demand for .NET developers, database administrators and help desk professionals," said Randy Wolf, Chicago regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Candidates with white-hot, hard-to-find skill sets are increasingly in the driver's seat, especially those with SQL, PHP and C# skills. Hiring activity is strongest in the healthcare, retail and financial industries."
The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The 2013 projections are based on an average of two separate CIO surveys conducted in the second and third quarters of 2013. In each of these surveys, 100 CIOs were asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan Chicago area. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.
In terms of recruiting, 71 percent of Chicago CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of help desk/technical support (17 percent), networking (16 percent) and data/database management (15 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Chicago CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-nine percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the first six months of 2014. This compares to 85 percent in the last half of 2013.
Sixty-eight percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the first half of 2014. This compares to 64 percent in the last six months of 2013.
Skills in Demand
Fifty-two percent of Chicago technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and Windows administration followed, with 47 percent and 45 percent of the response, respectively.
About Robert Half Technology
With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.
SOURCE Robert Half Technology