Washington, D.C., CIOs Reveal 2014 Hiring Plans

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows IT Hiring Projections

Dec 10, 2013, 08:23 ET from Robert Half Technology

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirteen percent of Washington, D.C.-area technology executives recently surveyed expect to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2014, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This is the same percentage that expected to increase their IT staff the previous six-month period (June-December 2013). In addition, 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 21 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and none expects to reduce their IT staff in the first six months of the year.

In the same survey, 85 percent of Washington, D.C.-area chief information officers (CIOs) were optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the first half of 2014, and 68 percent felt confident in their firms' plans to invest in IT projects.

Washington, D.C., IT Hiring Forecast

July – Dec.


Jan. – June


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



*Moving forward, the CIO survey will be conducted semi-annually versus quarterly. Numbers from 2013 are the average of responses for Q3 and Q4 2013.
**Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Companies in the Washington, D.C., market continue to look for skilled technology professionals," said Chris Brinkman, Washington, D.C., regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "IT consultants with web and application development expertise are in particular demand, as companies seek to enhance their existing websites, as well as build new sites and develop mobile applications."

The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The 2013 projections are based on an average of two separate CIO surveys conducted in the second and third quarters of 2013. In each of these surveys, 100 CIOs were asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C., area. 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.

Recruiting Challenges

Sixty-five percent of Washington, D.C., CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of software development (16 percent), networking (15 percent) and database management (11 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments

The survey results suggest that Washington, D.C., CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-five percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the first six months of 2014.  This compares to 84 percent in the last half of 2013.

Sixty-eight percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the first half of 2014. This compares to 64 percent in the last six months of 2013.

Skills in Demand

Sixty percent of the Washington, D.C., technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Windows administration and desktop support followed, with 56 percent and 54 percent of the response, respectively.

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 www.rht.com. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2014 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.



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