Denver CIOs Reveal Third-Quarter Hiring Plans

Robert Half Technology Survey Finds Increased IT Hiring Plans

Jun 04, 2013, 08:07 ET from Robert Half Technology

MENLO PARK, Calif., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Denver shows that executives plan increased IT hiring during the third quarter of 2013. Thirteen percent of Denver-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their teams. This is up 3 points from the previous quarter's projections. Another 60 percent plan to hire to fill open IT roles, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 7 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.

Denver 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% due to rounding.

"Denver's technology industry remains strong, and we continue to see low unemployment rates for certain in-demand IT positions," said Ted Hellmuth, Denver branch manager of Robert Half Technology. "Steady expansion in the healthcare, financial services and high-tech sectors has stimulated demand for IT professionals who can help firms remain competitive, especially in the areas of network administration, telecommunications and desktop support."

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 Denver 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 Denver 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
Sixty-five percent of Denver 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 (16 percent), networking (15 percent) and security (12 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Denver CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-two 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.

Fifty-eight 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 62 percent in the previous quarter.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-nine percent of the Denver technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Telecommunications support and desktop support followed, with 56 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 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