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Houston CIOs Reveal Third-Quarter Hiring Plans Robert Half Technology Survey Shows IT Hiring Projections

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of Houston-area technology executives surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the third quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This compares to 15 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 51 percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 32 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

In the same survey, 88 percent of Houston CIOs were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 61 percent felt confident in their firms' third-quarter investment in IT projects.

Houston IT Hiring Forecast

Q2

Q3

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

15%

10%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

57%

51%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

24%

32%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

1%

5%

Don't know future hiring plans

3%

2%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Although hiring projections aren't as robust as they were last quarter, the demand for IT professionals with specific skill sets remains strong," said Steven Robinson, Houston regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Hiring activity is especially strong for professionals who specialize in database management, networking and help desk support. It's not uncommon for these professionals to receive multiple employment offers."

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 Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston 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 data/database management (16 percent), applications development (15 percent) and networking (14 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Houston CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-eight percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter of 2013. This compares to 90 percent in the previous quarter.

Sixty-one percent of CIOs also said they were confident that their firms would invest in IT projects in the third quarter of 2013. This compares to 71 percent in the previous quarter.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-six percent of Houston technology executives surveyed said desktop support is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Network administration and Windows administration followed, with 55 percent and 54 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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