Miami CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans
MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Eight percent of Miami-area chief information officers (CIOs) recently surveyed expect to expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This compares to 9 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 70 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 17 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 4 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
Miami IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 9% 8%
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 59% 70%
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 25% 17%
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 5% 4%
Don't know future hiring plans 2% 1%
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"The demand for technology talent in South Florida remains competitive," said Matt Bourdeau, South Florida regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "The unemployment rate for web developers in very low, making it difficult for companies to find skilled IT candidates in this area."
The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CIOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Miami area with 100 or more employees. The survey was 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 greater metropolitan Miami area. 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.
Recruiting ChallengesIn terms of recruiting, 66 percent of Miami CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of data/database management (15 percent), networking (14 percent) and applications development (14 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT InvestmentsThe survey results suggest that Miami CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-two percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 79 percent in the previous quarter.
Sixty-two percent of CIOs also said they were confident that their firms would invest in IT projects in the fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 63 percent in the previous quarter.
Skills in DemandFifty-four percent of Miami technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and database management followed, with 51 percent and 50 percent of the response, respectively.
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 2013 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.
SOURCE Robert Half Technology
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