Chief information officers are being more selective with their hiring plans, but networking and help desk workers remain in demand, according to staffing firm Robert Half.
According to Robert Half's fourth quarter IT hiring forecast, 11 percent of CIOs are planning to add staff to their departments, down from 12 percent in the third quarter.
Meanwhile, 65 percent of CIOs only plan to hire for open IT roles, up from 56 percent in the third quarter. On the bright side, 19 percent of CIOs plan to put their hiring plans on hold, down from 26 percent in the third quarter and 5 percent plan to cut staff, down from 6 percent in the third quarter.
Overall, 86 percent were somewhat confident or very confident about their companies' growth prospects in the fourth quarter. Sixty four percent of CIOs said they were somewhat or very confident their companies would continue to invest in IT.
CIOs are often focusing on retention because recruiting for IT positions is difficult. Desktop support, network administrators and database managers were the skills in most demand.