INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology hiring in Indianapolis should start off strong in 2018, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Eighteen 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 two percentage points from a year ago. Another 63 percent expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. 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.
"There's strong momentum for IT hiring as we move into 2018, driven by hardware and software updates and organizations looking to automate more manual processes," said Jill Crowe, district president for Robert Half Technology in Indianapolis. "Currently, web and .NET developers, as well as help desk and desktop support professionals, are in high demand."
Hiring Challenges and Skills in Demand
It continues to be a competitive hiring environment: 62 percent of CIOs in Indianapolis 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:
- Network administration (42 percent)
- Business intelligence/reporting services (41 percent)
- Windows administration (38 percent)
When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, 25 percent of Indianapolis CIOs said they will be focused on innovation and helping to grow their business. Other priorities will include:
- Maintaining the security of IT systems and safeguarding company information (22 percent)
- Upgrading existing systems for business efficiency (21 percent)
- Staff retention (17 percent)
- Technology innovation and investing in new technologies (14 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.
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.
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