St. Louis CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For First Half Of 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Tech Hiring Challenges Remain

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

ST. LOUIS, Dec. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --Twenty-three percent of St. Louis-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 24 percent in the previous six months and 16 percent a year ago. In addition, 60 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 13 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year.


St. Louis IT Hiring Forecast*







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.

"Companies throughout St. Louis are feeling optimistic and taking steps to prepare for growth," said Joe McIntyre, regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "At the top of the priority list for many is the need to hire in-demand technology professionals, such as web developers and network and Windows administrators. However, the competition for these skilled professionals is intense, and hiring managers should start their search early and move quickly through the hiring process once they find the right candidate." 

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 54 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:

  • Network administration (55 percent)
  • Desktop support (51 percent)
  • Web development (48 percent)
  • Database management (48 percent)
  • Windows administration (48 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.



SOURCE Robert Half Technology