MIAMI, Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology hiring in Miami 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 10 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.
"Miami CIOs are looking for tech candidates with experience in web and software development, and database engineers and help desk professionals," said Matthew Bourdeau, regional manager for Robert Half Technology in Miami. "Local healthcare and insurance companies are seeking systems administrators as well as professionals to take on cloud-based projects and initiatives."
Top 12 Cities for Tech Hiring in 2018
In addition to the forecasted 23 percent hiring growth, 57 percent of technology leaders here expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. The demand for talent places Miami on the list of U.S. cities where tech hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018:
- San Diego
- New York
- Austin, Texas
- Charlotte, North Carolina
- Des Moines, Iowa
- 12. Salt Lake City
Hiring Challenges and Skills in Demand
It continues to be a competitive hiring environment: 54 percent of CIOs in Miami 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 (52 percent)
- Business intelligence (46 percent)
- Telecommunications support (46 percent)
When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, 29 percent of Miami CIOs said they will focus on maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information. Other priorities will include:
- Upgrading existing systems for business efficiency (22 percent)
- Technology innovation and investing in new technologies (20 percent)
- Staff retention (15 percent)
- Innovation and helping to grow their businesses (14 percent)
"Skilled candidates are receiving multiple job offers and are weighing their options before accepting an offer, while employers are beginning to increase their budgets to match hiring trends and peer compensation in both tech and non-technical companies," adds Bourdeau. "Those candidates with the most in-demand skillsets are accepting job offers based on compensation, commute and tech stack - and in that order."
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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