Survey: CIOs Confidence Means More Jobs in Q4

CIOs are feeling confident enough about the economy that they plan on doing some hiring in the fourth quarter, according to a recent survey by Robert Half Technology.

The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report reports that about 9 percent of the 1,400-plus CIOs surveyed plan to add IT staff by the end of the year, while 6 percent plan on employee cutbacks. In addition, 84 percent of CIOs are at least somewhat confident” in the prospects for their companys growth in the fourth quarter, and 37 percent and very confident.”

What we took out of the survey is cautious optimism,” said John Reed, executive director at Robert Half Technology. If you look at feedback compared to this time a year ago, the numbers were positive. But if you look at the feedback from a quarter ago, the numbers are more cautious. People are generally feeling more positive but remaining cautious.”

The transportation and business-services verticals seem to be doing the most hiring of IT personnel, according to the survey. Desktop support, database management and website development skills are the most sought-after in the transportation space, where 9 percent of CIOs plan to hire while only 1 percent plan to cut back. In business services, 14 percent plan to hire and 8 percent plan to trim staff.

IT personnel in the South Atlantic and East South Central regions of the United States have the best chances of landing a job, as the majority of hiring seems to be happening in those areas, according to the survey. Thirteen percent of CIOs in the South Atlantic region plan to add IT staff and 4 percent anticipate trimming their workforce, while 8 percent of CIOs in the East South Central region expect to expand their IT departments and 3 percent foresee staff cutbacks.

Regardless of location, network administration skills are most in demand, with a whopping 60 percent of CIOs citing a need for such expertise. Networking is a distant second at 21 percent of executives, followed by information security and help desk/technical support at 13 percent each.

Hiring seems to boil down to three buckets: hardware and software upgrades companies with antiquated technology are finally retiring those assets and need people who can help them make the upgrades; virtualization companies moving to a cloud computing strategy; and website expertise companies know the Web is the main source of information for most people, so companies are asking, ‘What do we look like? How do we come up in search results? How can we improve our metrics?'” Reed said. When it comes to hiring, those areas are the big three.”

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