Robert Half Technology Survey Reveals Desktop Support and Database Management Most In-Demand Skills

Dec 16, 2015, 08:07 ET from Robert Half Technology

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighteen percent of San Diego-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 compares to 27 percent in the previous six months. In addition, 76 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 4 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.

San Diego IT Hiring Forecast*

July–Dec. 2015

Jan.–June 2016

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.

"San Diego businesses are continuing to invest in technology that will give them more relevant and timely data in order to make better management decisions," said John Asdell, San Diego metro market manager for Robert Half Technology. "Our clients are continuing to build or buy technologies that automate their workflows, thus increasing efficiencies in their business. Positions in demand include software engineers, business intelligence developers, DevOps engineers, network administrators and security analysts. The financial services, healthcare and biotech industries are especially hot right now."

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 (59 percent)
  • Network administration (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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