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US CIOs fairly optimistic about staffing levels

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US CIOs fairly optimistic about staffing levels

New survey indicates a strong market for IT pros.

According to a new study released by outsourcing giant Robert Half, 83% CIOs in the US are expecting to either expand their staffing levels or hire for open IT roles in the first half of 2014.

The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report shows that 16% of US 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% plan to hire only for open IT roles, 15 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2% expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.

"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."

"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 US 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 US markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

In terms of recruiting, 63% of US CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today, compared to 68% in the last half of 2013. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking, security and help desk/technical support.

The survey results suggest US CIOs are becoming more optimistic about their companies' growth. 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.

 

 

 

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