Largest Companies Lead in Hiring Optimism, Survey Finds
TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Eighteen per cent of Canadian chief information
officers (CIOs) expect to add information technology (IT) personnel in the
third quarter of 2008 and 2 per cent plan staff reductions, according to the
latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. The net 16
per cent increase in hiring activity compares with a net 11 per cent increase
forecast last quarter. The majority of respondents (74 per cent) anticipate no
change in staffing levels in the summer months.
The IT Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on telephone interviews
with more than 270 CIOs from companies across Canada 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.
- Technology executives at the largest companies (1,000 or more
employees) expect the strongest staffing activity.
- Help desk support is reported as the hottest job category.
- Finance, insurance and real estate firms are most optimistic
about IT hiring.
"Continued corporate expansion is prompting many CIOs to initiate new
projects and expand hiring plans," said Sandra Lavoy, a vice-president with
Robert Half Technology. "As a result, competition for the most skilled
candidates is increasing as hiring managers seek individuals who can support
their companies' growing technology needs."
The largest companies are most confident about boosting staff levels in
the coming months, the survey found. Thirty-three per cent of CIOs at firms
with 1,000 or more employees expect to expand their teams and 3 per cent
anticipate personnel cutbacks. The net 30 per cent increase is 14 points above
the national average. Ten per cent of CIOs polled at employers of this size
said systems upgrades is the primary driver for hiring activity.
Skills in Demand
When CIOs were asked which technical skill set is needed most in their IT
departments, the top response was Windows administration (Server 2000/2003),
cited by 77 per cent of executives. Network administration (LAN/WAN) was
second, named by 74 per cent of those polled, while desktop support followed
at 68 per cent. (Note: CIOs polled were allowed multiple responses.)
Technology executives said help desk/end-user support is the job area
experiencing the most growth, with 17 per cent of the response. Applications
development was cited by 14 per cent of CIOs, followed by networking at 12 per
The finance, insurance and real estate sectors plan the most active
hiring activity in the third quarter. Twenty-eight per cent of CIOs plan to
add employees and none anticipate personnel cutbacks. Also, CIOs in the
construction industry anticipate strong hiring in the third quarter, with a
net 14 per cent hiring increase forecast.
About the Survey
The quarterly IT Hiring Index and Skills Report was developed by Robert
Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. The study is
based on more than 270 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of
Canadian companies with 100 or more employees. In order for the study to be
statistically representative and ensure that companies from all segments were
represented, the sample was stratified by industry and employee size. The
results were then weighted to reflect the proper proportions of employee size
within each industry. The margin of error for this study is +/-2.6 per cent at
the 95 per cent level of confidence.
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
For further information:
For further information: Robert Half Technology, Jim Dimovski, (416)