Salt Lake City CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Twenty-Four Percent Anticipate Adding IT

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

SALT LAKE CITY, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-four percent of Salt Lake City-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 3-point increase from the previous six months and a 1-point increase from a year ago. In addition, 62 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 12 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.


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"With more companies moving into the area, the need for professionals who can help implement high-priority projects is growing," said Justin Rohatinsky, branch manager of Robert Half Technology in Salt Lake City. "Big data is seeing a resurgence, and there's more demand for full-stack developers, data scientists and business intelligence analysts. In many areas, the supply of talent isn't keeping up with demand, and hiring remains a challenge. Employers should consider enhancing training and development options for existing staff. They should also be prepared to move quickly when they find the right candidate to hire."

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 56 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 (68 percent)
  • Network administration (61 percent)
  • Wireless network management (59 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 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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