Dallas CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans Robert Half Technology Survey Points to Increased IT Hiring

MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Dallas shows that executives plan to increase IT hiring during the fourth quarter of 2013. Fifteen percent of Dallas-area chief information officers (CIOs) recently surveyed plan to expand their teams. This is up two points from the previous quarter's projections. Another 62 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 18 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 4 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.

Dallas IT Hiring Forecast

Q3

Q4

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

13%

15%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

60%

62%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

21%

18%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

5%

4%

Don't know future hiring plans

1%

2%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"The IT hiring environment in Dallas remains strong," said Rob Robinson, senior regional vice president for Robert Half Technology in Dallas. "As an increasing number of companies seek professionals who can ensure their networks and data are secure, there are fewer available IT candidates with the right skill sets, making it difficult to fill open jobs." 

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 Dallas 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 Metroplex area. 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.

Recruiting Challenges
In terms of recruiting, 64 percent of Dallas CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. 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).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Dallas 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 84 percent in the previous quarter.

Sixty-eight 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 71 percent in the previous quarter.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-nine percent of the Dallas technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and database management followed, both with 55 percent of the response, respectively.

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 2013 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.

SOURCE Robert Half Technology



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