Raleigh CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans
RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Raleigh, N.C., shows that 15 percent of Raleigh-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 65 percent plan to hire for only open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 16 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
Raleigh IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 14% 15%
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 54% 65%
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 27% 16%
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 5% 3%
Don't know future hiring plans 1% 1%
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Competition remains intense for technology talent in Raleigh as companies relocate to the area," said Chris McCrea, Raleigh regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Professionals who specialize in database management, network administration and desktop support are highly sought by employers."
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 Raleigh 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 Raleigh 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 ChallengesSixty-six percent of Raleigh 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 (19 percent), security (14 percent) and data/database management (11 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT InvestmentsThe survey results suggest that Raleigh CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-six 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 59 percent in the previous quarter.
Skills in DemandFifty-two percent of the Raleigh technology executives surveyed said that database management is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Network administration and desktop support followed, with 50 percent and 49 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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