TORONTO, June 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Nine per cent of Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently expect
to expand their IT teams in the third quarter of 2013, according to the
just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This compares to 7 per cent in the previous quarter. In addition, 65 per cent plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 23 per cent expect to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 per cent plan to reduce their IT staff in the third quarter.
In the same survey, 82 per cent of CIOs said they were somewhat or very confident about their
companies' prospects for growth in the third quarter, and 60 per cent felt somewhat or very confident in their firms' third-quarter
investment in IT projects.
Canadian 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.
"Many companies are hiring Windows administration and network
administration professionals to work on their IT priorities, such as
virtual storage projects and a continued focus on IT security," said
Megan Slabinski, Canadian president of Robert Half Technology. "Firms
are also strengthening their retention efforts, since it can be
difficult to find IT talent in growing specialty areas."
The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of
information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis,
and conducted by an independent research firm. The survey is based on
more than 270 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of
Canadian companies with 100 or more employees. 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 Canada since 1995.
In terms of recruiting, 36 per cent of 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 help desk/technical support (11 per cent), followed by networking and security (both at 9 per cent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that CIOs are optimistic about their
companies' growth and IT investments: Eighty-two per cent reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects
for growth in the third quarter of 2013.
Sixty per cent of CIOs also said they were somewhat or very confident that their firms
would invest in IT projects in the third quarter of 2013.
Skills in Demand
Among the technology executives surveyed, 55 per cent said that Windows administration is the skill set in greatest demand within their IT department, followed by network administration at 50 per cent and desktop support with 48 per cent of the response.
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 2013 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.
SOURCE: Robert Half Technology
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