BAY AREA CIOs REVEAL HIRING PLANS FOR FIRST HALF OF 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows 23 Percent Anticipate Expanding IT Staff

Dec 16, 2015, 08:07 ET from Robert Half Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-three percent of Bay Area technology executives surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2016, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This is on par with the previous six months and an 8-point decrease from one year ago. In addition, 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 8 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.

Bay Area IT Hiring Forecast*

Jan.–June

2015

July–Dec.
2015

Jan.–June

2016

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

31%

23%

23%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

60%

69%

65%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

10%

6%

8%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

0%

2%

3%

Don't know future hiring plans

0%

0%

0%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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"The Bay Area continues to be an active job market for IT professionals, and employers are committed to adding top talent, including web developers, DevOps engineers, and Linux/Window system administrators, to their organization," said Heather Johnston, Bay Area regional manager for Robert Half Technology. "In the first part of the year, technology hiring is largely fueled by new budgets for infrastructure projects, such as investments in cloud migrations, upgrades of OS and new deployments."

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Recruiting Challenges & Skills in Demand
Hiring challenges still remain, as 60 percent of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. They also revealed the skills in greatest demand within their organizations, which include:

  • Desktop support (49 percent)
  • Network administration (49 percent)
  • Wireless network management (48 percent)

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 2016 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.

Survey Methodology
The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in the United States. The margin of error is +/-1.6 percent at the 90 percent confidence level. 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.

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SOURCE Robert Half Technology



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