Washington, D.C. CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans
MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Washington, D.C., shows that 13 percent of Washington, D.C.-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams. This is up 1 point from the previous quarter's projections. Another 62 percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 19 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
Washington, D.C., IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 12% 13%
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 59% 62%
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 20% 19%
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 7% 5%
Don't know future hiring plans 2% 1%
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Hiring in the Washington, D.C. metro remains competitive," said Chris Brinkman, Washington, D.C. regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "As companies focus on driving greater efficiencies and return on investments through their applications, they increasingly require professionals with application development and web development expertise."
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 Washington, D.C., 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 Washington, D.C., 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, 68 percent of Washington, D.C., 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 (18 percent), data/database management (17 percent) and application development (14 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT InvestmentsThe survey results suggest that Washington, D.C., CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-four percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 85 percent in the previous quarter.
Sixty-six 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 64 percent in the previous quarter.
Skills in DemandFifty-six percent of Washington, D.C., technology executives surveyed said that database management is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and network administration followed, both with 52 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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