CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology hiring is on the rise in Charlotte for the second half of 2017, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Nineteen percent of CIOs say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams — up seven points from the previous report in December. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights skills in demand, CIOs' top concerns and factors contributing to local hiring growth.
"Tech hiring in the area remains active," said Lucy Marino, regional manager for Robert Half Technology in Charlotte. "New companies are migrating here for tax incentives and to take advantage of the strong candidate pool. As these companies take root and establish themselves in the area, they're especially interested in desktop support professionals, web developers and network administrators."
Hiring Plans and Challenges
According to the report, 19 percent of Charlotte CIOs plan to bring on more IT talent during the next six months; an additional 63 percent expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. An active hiring environment is contributing to a competitive market for IT talent: 54 percent of Charlotte hiring leaders say that it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market.
Factors Leading to Tech Hiring in Charlotte
When asked what factors are most contributing to local hiring, almost a third (31 percent) of respondents said that more businesses are increasing digital marketing services. Other factors impacting tech hiring in Charlotte include:
- Businesses moving to the area and creating jobs in technology (25 percent)
- Increased big data initiatives (28 percent)
- Increased mobile initiatives (15 percent)
Skills in Demand
According to respondents, the skills in greatest demand within their organizations include:
- Desktop support (57 percent)
- Windows administration (56 percent)
- Database management (54 percent)
- Business intelligence/reporting services (54 percent)
- Wireless network management (52 percent)
When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, nearly a quarter of Charlotte CIOs (23 percent) said they will be focused on staff retention. Other priorities will include:
- Technology innovation and investing in new technologies (20 percent)
- Upgrading existing systems for business efficiency (20 percent)
- Maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information (19 percent)
- Innovation or helping grow the business (19 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 roberthalf.com/technology. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2017 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.
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. Robert Half Technology has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.
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SOURCE Robert Half Technology