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

MENLO PARK, Calif., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve percent of Philadelphia-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 14 percent in the previous quarter. In addition, 57 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 23 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 6 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.

In the same survey, 90 percent of Philadelphia chief information officers (CIOs) were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter, and 73 percent felt confident in their firms' fourth-quarter investment in IT projects.

Philadelphia IT Hiring Forecast

Q3

Q4

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

14%

12%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

47%

57%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

30%

23%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

8%

6%

Don't know future hiring plans

2%

2%

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Given the relatively low unemployment rates for many technology positions, it's difficult for CIOs to recruit professionals with in-demand skills," said Tim Mullane, Philadelphia regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Competition is especially intense for professionals with networking and web development experience."

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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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, 72 percent of Philadelphia 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 (21 percent), help desk/technical support (16 percent) and data/database management (14 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Philadelphia 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 fourth quarter of 2013. This compares to 89 percent in the previous quarter.

Seventy-three 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-nine percent of the Philadelphia 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, with 58 percent and 57 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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