SALT LAKE CITY, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Salt Lake City-area technology hiring is on the rise for the second half of 2017, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. Twenty-two percent of CIOs say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights technology skills in demand, CIOs' top concerns and factors contributing to local hiring growth.
"Our city continues to attract new companies from a wide variety of industries," said Justin Rohatinsky, branch manager for Robert Half Technology in Salt Lake City. "With more growth comes increased demand for talent. The consistent theme is the need for skilled technology professionals. Database managers, .Net professionals and wireless network managers are the most highly sought-after right now. Additionally, analytics and business intelligence are playing big roles for many companies, so we're seeing steady demand for these professionals as well."
Hiring Plans and Challenges
According to the report, 22 percent of Salt Lake City CIOs plan to bring on more IT talent during the next six months, up three points from the previous report in December. An additional 64 percent expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. An active hiring environment is contributing to a competitive market for IT talent: 56 percent of Salt Lake City hiring leaders say that it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market.
Factors Leading to Tech Hiring in Salt Lake City
When asked what factors are most contributing to local hiring, more than a third (35 percent) of respondents said that more businesses are moving to the area and creating jobs in technology. Other factors impacting tech hiring in Salt Lake City include:
- Increased digital marketing initiatives (34 percent)
- Increased big data initiatives (14 percent)
- Increased mobile initiatives (14 percent)
Skills in Demand
According to respondents, the skills in greatest demand within their organizations include:
- Network administration (57 percent)
- Wireless network management (56 percent)
- Telecommunications support (54 percent)
- Database management (53 percent)
- Desktop support (52 percent)
When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, 27 percent of Salt Lake City hiring leaders said they will be focused on staff retention. Other priorities will include:
- Upgrading existing systems for business efficiency (22 percent)
- Maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information (19 percent)
- Innovation and helping to grow their businesses (18 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 2017 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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SOURCE Robert Half Technology