Philadelphia CIOs Reveal Second-Quarter Hiring Plans
Robert Half Technology Survey Reports IT Hiring Projections
MENLO PARK, Calif., March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen percent of Philadelphia-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan 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, 58 percent of Philadelphia CIOs plan to hire only to fill open IT roles, 23 percent have put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff. This is the first quarter that Robert Half has conducted a survey of this kind specific to Philadelphia.
Q2 Philadelphia IT Hiring Forecast
CIOs adding more staff to IT departments
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles
CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold
CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff
*Numbers may not total 100% due to rounding
"Many companies are confident in their growth in the next quarter and are investing in upgrading their current technologies for the latest applications," said Tim Mullane, regional vice president of Robert Half Technology in Philadelphia. "IT professionals in certain specialties, such as database management, network administration and web development, are in particularly strong demand."
The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report is based on telephone interviews with more than 100 CIOs from 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.
Seventy-six 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 help desk/technical support (23 percent), networking (14 percent) and applications development (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 second quarter of 2013.
Eighty 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 Philadelphia technology executives surveyed, 57 percent said that desktop support is the skill set in greatest demand within their IT department. Database management and web development/website design followed, with 53 percent and 50 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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