Detroit CIOs Reveal Fourth-Quarter Hiring Plans Robert Half Technology Survey Shows IT Hiring Projections

MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of Detroit-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. This compares to 11 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 64 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.

In the same survey, 87 percent of Detroit chief information officers (CIOs) were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter, and 64 percent felt confident in their firms' fourth-quarter investment in IT projects.

Detroit IT Hiring Forecast

Q3

Q4

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

11%

10%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

60%

64%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

22%

20%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

6%

5%

Don't know future hiring plans

1%

1%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Web applications development, big data and remote help desk support are just a few of the types of projects that are driving IT hiring in the Detroit area," said Stacey Singleton, Detroit regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "In particular, data analysts and systems engineers are highly sought, and we're seeing increased demand in the professional services and healthcare industries."

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 Detroit 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 Detroit 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
Sixty-nine percent of Detroit 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 (19 percent), security (14 percent) and help desk/technical support (13 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Detroit 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 is unchanged from the previous quarter.

Sixty-four 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 68 percent in the previous quarter.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-two percent of Detroit technology executives surveyed said that network administration and database management are among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support followed with 49 percent of the response.

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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