DES MOINES, Iowa, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology hiring in Des Moines is expected to start strong in 2018, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Twenty-three percent of CIOs surveyed here said they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams in the first half of the new year, up 12 percentage points from a year ago. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights technology skills in demand and CIOs' top priorities for the first six months of the year.
"Big data initiatives, new software implementations and app development are a few of the driving forces behind tech hiring in Des Moines," said Kathy Northamer, district president for Robert Half Technology in Des Moines. "Demand is high for professionals with C# and .Net expertise, as well as Java developers, systems engineers and senior systems administrators, particularly in the professional services, financial services and software sectors."
Top 12 Cities for Tech Hiring in 2018 In addition to the forecasted 23 percent hiring growth, 67 percent of technology leaders here expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. The demand for talent places Des Moines on the list of U.S. cities where tech hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018:
Charlotte, North Carolina
Salt Lake City
Hiring Challenges and Skills in Demand It continues to be a competitive hiring environment: 68 percent of CIOs in Des Moines said that it's challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market. The skills in greatest demand within their organizations, according to respondents, include:
Desktop support (57 percent)
Business intelligence/reporting services (52 percent)
Network administration (52 percent)
Database management (51 percent)
Top Priorities When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, 26 percent of Des Moines CIOs said they will be focused on upgrading existing systems for business efficiency. Other priorities will include:
Technology innovation and investing in new technologies (20 percent)
Staff retention (18 percent)
Maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information (18 percent)
Innovation and helping to grow the business (16 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 roberthalf.com/technology. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2018 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. Robert Half Technology has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.