Salt Lake City CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans
MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Thirteen percent of Salt Lake City technology executives 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 17 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 64 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 16 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
In the same survey, 80 percent of Salt Lake City chief information officers (CIOs) were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter, and 62 percent felt confident in their firms' fourth-quarter investment in IT projects.
Salt Lake City IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 17% 13%
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 54% 64%
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 22% 16%
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 4% 5%
Don't know future hiring plans 3% 1%
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Companies continue to seek out IT professionals with specialized skills," said Justin Rohatinsky, Salt Lake City branch manager of Robert Half Technology. "Demand is especially strong within the healthcare industry as companies look to upgrade their networks and database security."
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 Salt Lake City 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 Salt Lake City 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, 60 percent of Salt Lake City 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 networking (15 percent), help desk/technical support (13 percent) and data/database management (13 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT InvestmentsThe survey results suggest that Salt Lake City CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 83 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 61 percent in the previous quarter.
Skills in DemandFifty-seven percent of the Salt Lake City technology executives surveyed said that desktop support is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Database management and Windows administration followed, both with 49 percent of the response.
About Robert Half TechnologyWith 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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