Robert Half Technology: Houston CIOs Post 4th Quarter Hiring Plans [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Ten percent of Houston-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.
According to a release, this is unchanged from the previous quarter. In addition, 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter. Houston IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 10 percent 10 percent
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 51 percent 65 percent
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 32 percent 20 percent
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 5 percent 2 percent
Don't know future hiring plans 2 percent 3 percent
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Houston-area CIOs are finding it increasingly challenging to find skilled IT talent in certain specialty areas," said Steven Robinson, Houston regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Candidates with experience in networking, database management and security are especially sought-after 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 Houston 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 Houston area.
In terms of recruiting, 69 percent of Houston CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (18 percent), data/database management (15 percent) and security (11 percent).
The survey results suggest that Houston CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-seven percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 88 percent in the previous quarter.
Fifty-nine 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.
Fifty-five percent of Houston technology executives surveyed said network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Windows administration followed with 47 percent of the response. Desktop support and database management followed, both with 46 percent of the response.
Robert Half Technology is a provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support.
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