Robert Half Technology: St. Louis CIOs Post Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans [Professional Services Close - Up]
(Professional Services Close - Up Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Six percent of St. Louis-area 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.
According to a release, this compares to 10 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 6 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.
In the same survey, 83 percent of St. Louis 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. St. Louis IT Hiring Forecast Q3 Q4
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments 10 percent 6 percent
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles 55 percent 70 percent
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold 25 percent 17 percent
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff 9 percent 6 percent
Don't know future hiring plans 1 percent 1 percent
*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
"Companies continue to look for IT professionals with specialized skills who can enhance efficiencies or improve customer experiences," said Joseph McIntyre, St. Louis regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Many companies are beginning to increase compensation and employee perks in an effort to retain top talent."
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 St. Louis 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 St. Louis area.
In terms of recruiting, 65 percent of St. Louis 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 (17 percent), help desk/technical support (13 percent) and data/database management (12 percent).
The survey results suggest that St. Louis CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-three percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is unchanged from 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 57 percent in the previous quarter.
Fifty-six percent of the St. Louis technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and Windows administration followed, with 55 percent and 54 percent of the response, respectively.
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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