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

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of Los Angeles-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 14 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 56 percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 28 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 Los Angeles 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.

Los Angeles IT Hiring Forecast

Q2

Q3

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

14%

10%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

57%

56%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

25%

28%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

3%

5%

Don't know future hiring plans

2%

2%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Competition remains intense for technology talent in Los Angeles, particularly in the retail, manufacturing and high-tech sectors," said Craig Kapper, Los Angeles senior regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "This trend is prompting companies to devote greater resources to recruitment and retention efforts."

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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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, 66 percent of Los Angeles 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 network administration (20 percent), data/database management (17 percent) and help desk/technical support (13 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments

The survey results suggest that Los Angeles 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 91 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 75 percent in the previous quarter.

Skills in Demand

Fifty-five percent of the Los Angeles technology executives surveyed said that database management is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and network administration 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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