IT hiring picture improves

IT hiring picture improves

Summary: Information technology hiring is expected to increase in the first quarter as chief information officers are increasingly looking to add employees, according to a survey from Robert Half.

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Information technology hiring is expected to increase in the first quarter as chief information officers are increasingly looking to add employees, according to a survey from Robert Half.

Robert Half said that 11 percent of CIOs plan to add IT workers in the first quarter. Meanwhile, 3 percent see cutbacks ahead. That 8 percent spread between hiring and cutbacks is up 5 points from the fourth quarter.

In addition, 84 percent of CIOS are at least a bit confident about their companies growth prospects, on par with the fourth quarter.

Robert Half's IT Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on interviews with 1,400 CIOs (statement, previous results).

Other key details include:

  • CIOs in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas are most actively seeking workers.
  • 54 percent of CIOs see hiring challenges in the first quarter.
  • Network admins are the most in demand and have been that way for four quarters.
  • Networking, security and software development positions are the three areas that CIOs say are most challenging to fill.
  • The health services industry has the most IT jobs.

Topics: CXO, Software Development, IT Employment

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  • I thought

    Google wanted us all fired?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • Bogus statistics all around

    Our company continues to lay people off faster that we hire. It's no better for our suppliers: we're on our 4th HP rep in two years, all of the others were let go. Some of the consulting resources we were using were let go by HP and replaced by Indian contractors, we only found out when the resumes of the US HP guys started coming in. The exact same thing happened with two Cisco engineers who we had used for years on various projects. I've got a rec in to hire one of them, it has to be approved by the CEO because he's an American as opposed to Indian or Chinese contractor.<br><br>The worst people off are the ones who have been out of work over a year. Our HR department actually throws those resumes away, never showing them to anybody.
    terry flores
    • RE: IT hiring picture improves

      @terry flores: agreed, same here in HK. Can you (or anyone) tell me why out of work for a year+ resumes get tossed? I've never been able to figure that one out.
      bburgess66
      • RE: IT hiring picture improves

        @bburgess66

        It's not just in IT, this is endemic in all companies. If someone has been unemployed for more than a year, the common perception is that they must either be incompetent, with out of date skills, or unemployable for some other reason. In any case, if nobody else wanted them, we don't want them either.

        HR departments are receiving so many resumes these days that they like some kind of "quick" way to filter the number down, and this is one of the easy ways. I don't say it is right, but it is what is happening.
        terry flores
  • RE: IT hiring picture improves

    There are plenty of job opportunities available for candidates that respond accordingly to Job Postings (problem is many respondents don't do this):

    http://www.customsoftwarebypreston.com/job-boards-resume-blasts
    cspreston
  • RE: IT hiring picture improves

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  • RE: IT hiring picture improves

    What ever improvement you think you see, it doesn't include entry level. I have a BSIT and lot of prior technical experience in other fields. As of Sept. 2011 it has been four years since I've been trying to get into the IT field.
    fmmoss