Houston CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016

Nearly One in Four Technology Executives Anticipate Adding IT Staff

Dec 16, 2015, 08:10 ET from Robert Half Technology

HOUSTON, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four percent of Houston-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 is a 2-point increase from the previous six months and the same as one year ago. In addition, 57 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 17 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.


Houston 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.

View an infographic of research highlights.

"Although oil and gas continues to fluctuate, Houston has a very diverse economy, and we're seeing growth in other areas such as healthcare, manufacturing and retail," said Robert Vaughn, metro market manager of Robert Half Technology in Houston. "Companies in these industries are operating at normal capacity and are focused on recruiting IT professionals who can help implement projects that support their efficiency and competitiveness in the marketplace. Demand is especially high for professionals skilled in applications development, desktop support and telecommunications."

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 58 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)
  • Database management (57 percent)
  • Telecommunications support (56 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 www.rht.com. 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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