Chicago CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Growth in Year-Over-Year IT Hiring

Dec 16, 2015, 08:01 ET from Robert Half Technology

CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-one percent of Chicago-area technology executives surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2016, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This number has remained steady in the past six months, and is a 4-point increase from a year ago. In addition, 68 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 9 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.

Chicago 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




Don't know future hiring plans




*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

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"The war for tech talent in Chicago is ongoing," said Randy Wolf, Chicago regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "SharePoint implementations, internal application development and network architecture are just a few of the projects that are propelling IT hiring. Companies are investing more in their IT talent and technology initiatives, and, conversely, highly skilled job seekers are increasingly selective when evaluating job opportunities. Hiring managers are moving quickly in their hiring decisions and offering more perks to remain competitive in attracting top talent."

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Recruiting Challenges & Skills in Demand

Hiring challenges still remain, as 65 percent of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. They also revealed the skills in greatest demand within their organizations, which include:

  • Desktop support (59 percent)
  • Network administration (57 percent)
  • Database management (54 percent)

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 Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.

Survey Methodology

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in the United States. The margin of error is +/-1.6 percent at the 90 percent confidence level. 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.

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