Detroit CIOs Reveal Second-Quarter Hiring Plans Robert Half Technology Survey Reports IT Hiring Projections

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- One in 10 Detroit-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plans to expand their IT teams in the second quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. In addition, 63 percent of Detroit CIOs plan to hire only to fill open IT roles, 23 percent have put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staff. This is the first quarter that Robert Half has conducted a survey of this kind specific to Detroit.

Q2 Detroit IT Hiring Forecast

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

10%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

63%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

23%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

1%

Don't know future hiring plans

2%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"The  research shows that CIOs in the Detroit area are feeling optimistic as companies look to technology as a way to reduce costs and increase their customer reach," said Stacey Singleton, Detroit regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Demand for top IT talent has intensified, specifically in the areas of applications development and network administration."

The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report is based on telephone interviews with more than 100 CIOs from 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

In terms of recruiting, 70 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 security (17 percent), applications development (15 percent) and networking (12 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments

The survey results suggest that Detroit CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Ninety percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the second quarter of 2013.

Seventy-seven percent of CIOs also said they were confident that their firms would invest in IT projects in the second quarter of 2013.

Skills in Demand

Among the Detroit technology executives surveyed, 55 percent said that desktop support is the skill set in greatest demand within their IT department. Network administration and database management followed, each with 53 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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