A new hiring report for the IT industry is offering a glimmer of hope, even the short term gains are relatively small. Yet, the optimism among CIOs that good times are coming soon is relatively high.
The data comes from the first-quarter Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, which was released today. (Statement)
It found that 7 percent of technology executives said they anticipate adding IT workers in the first quarter while 4 percent plan workforce reductions. Eighty-nine percent said they will maintain current staffing levels. In a statement, Dave Willmer, executive director of Robert Half Technology, said:
After months of slow hiring activity, managers are beginning the year with new budgets and appear ready to carefully expand their IT departments. Many firms are investing in technologies that improve efficiency and competitiveness, and there has been demand for additional professionals to implement these projects. The health services sector, for instance, needs IT talent to manage the conversion to electronic medical records.
Technology executives said they struggle most to find skilled professionals in networking, security and app development. Network administration, desktop support and Windows administration were the technical skills most in demand.