CIOs forecast technology hiring in fourth quarter



    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Fifteen per cent of chief information officers
(CIOs) polled for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report
expect to add information technology (IT) staff in the fourth quarter of 2007,
and 7 per cent anticipate cutbacks. The net 8 per cent hiring increase
compares with net increases of 11 per cent projected last quarter and
9 per cent projected one year ago.
    The Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on interviews with more than
270 CIOs from a stratified random sample of Canadian companies with 100 or
more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed
by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project
and full-time basis.

    
                                 Key Findings
                                 ------------

    -   Networking is the hottest job category within IT departments.
    -   Increased customer/end user support and business growth continue to
        drive the need for more IT staff.
    -   Business services, construction and the manufacturing sector are most
        optimistic about employment gains.
    

    "Demand for increased customer and end user support and business
expansion are fuelling the need for additional IT personnel," said Sandra
Lavoy, vice-president with Robert Half Technology. "In response to a
tightening labour market and an increased competition for top talent, many
companies are increasing their speed to hire, offering enhanced compensation
packages and providing greater work life-balance options to attract and retain
skilled professionals."
    The primary motivation for adding IT personnel, according to CIOs, is the
increased need for customer/end-user support. Thirty-six per cent of
technology executives rated this as the key reason for adding staff, followed
by corporate growth (32 per cent) and installation or development of new
enterprisewide applications (18 per cent).

    
                               Skills in Demand
                               ----------------
    

    According to 79 per cent of CIOs surveyed, the technical skill set needed
most in IT departments is Windows administration (Server 2000/2003). This was
followed by network administration (Cisco, Nortel), with 67 per cent of the
response, and database management (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2) and firewall
administration at 62 per cent respectively. (Note: CIOs surveyed were allowed
multiple responses.)
    When asked about the most in-demand job category, technology executives
ranked networking (22 per cent), database management (16 per cent) and help
desk/end user support (12 per cent) as the top three areas.

    
                              Industries Hiring
                              -----------------
    

    The business services sector is expected to see the most active hiring in
the fourth quarter. Twenty-two per cent of CIOs plan to expand their IT
departments and none expect personnel reductions. The construction and
manufacturing sector also anticipate solid employment gains as each project a
net 13 per cent increase in hiring in the coming quarter.

    With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert
Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and
full-time basis, for initiatives ranging from web development and
multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support.
For more information about Robert Half Technology or to learn about online job
search opportunities, please visit www.rht.com.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: To schedule an interview for local commentary in Toronto,
    Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-350-8143, extension 62070.

    Also available: Fourth-quarter financial hiring index.





For further information:

For further information: Jason Chapman, (416) 350-8143, extension 62070,
jason.chapman@rhi.com


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