MENLO PARK, Calif., Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report shows that 16 percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2014. This is up 5 points compared to projections from the previous six-month period (July-December 2013). Another 67 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 15 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.
U.S. IT Hiring Forecast July-Dec Jan-June 2013* 2014 CIOs planning to add more staff to IT departments 11% 16% ------------------------- --- --- CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 62% 67% ----------------------- --- --- CIOs planning to put IT hiring plans on hold 21% 15% ----------------------- --- --- CIOs planning to reduce their IT staff 5% 2% ----------------------- --- --- Don't know future hiring plans 1% 1% ------------------------ --- ---
*Moving forward, the CIO survey will be conducted semiannually versus quarterly. Numbers from 2013 are the average of responses for Q3 and Q4 2013. **Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"We continue to see strong demand for IT professionals across the United States," said 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 2013 hiring projections are based on an average of two separate CIO surveys conducted in the second and third quarters of 2013. In each survey, more than 2,300 CIOs from 23 major U.S. markets were asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The 2014 projections are based on interviews with more than 2,300 CIOs from 23 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.
The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order for the study 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 U.S. 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, 63 percent of U.S. CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today, compared to 68 percent in the last half of 2013. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (17 percent), security (14 percent) and help desk/technical support (13 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest U.S. CIOs are becoming more optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-eight 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 86 percent in the last half of 2013.
Sixty-nine 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 63 percent in the last six months of 2013.
Skills in Demand
Fifty-seven percent of U.S. technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Windows administration and desktop support followed, each with 51 percent of the response.
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