CIOs project active hiring in second quarter

    TORONTO, March 13 /CNW/ - Nineteen per cent of chief information officers
(CIOs) interviewed for the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills
Report plan to add full-time information technology (IT) staff in the second
quarter, while 2 per cent anticipate personnel reductions. The net 17 per cent
hiring increase is the second highest since the first quarter of 2005.
    The poll includes responses from 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

                                 Key Findings

    -   CIOs cited business growth as the top factor driving IT hiring for
        the fifth consecutive quarter.
    -   Network administration (Cisco, Nortel, Novell) and Windows
        administration (Server 2000/2003) skills are in greatest demand.
    -   Technology executives at the largest firms (1,000 or more employees)
        will be most active, with a net 45 per cent increase in hiring
        activity forecast.

    "Companies are investing more in information technology to meet the
demands of ongoing business expansion," said Sandra Lavoy, a vice-president
with Robert Half Technology.
    "The shortage of skilled IT professionals has lead companies to
re-evaluate their hiring processes," Lavoy added. "To recruit top talent,
companies are offering more robust compensation packages and expediting their
time to hire to ensure candidates are not lost to competing offers."
    Among CIOs who expect to hire, 40 per cent said business growth or
expansion was the primary reason, followed by 19 per cent who cited system
upgrades. The installation or development of new enterprisewide applications
was named by 11 per cent of respondents as the chief reason for IT hiring

                               Skills in Demand
    Network administration (Cisco, Nortel, Novell) and Microsoft Windows
administration (Server 2000/2003) were tied as the skill sets most in demand,
according to CIOs surveyed. Each specialty was respectively indicated by
73 per cent of respondents. These specialties were followed by database
management (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2), which was mentioned by 60 per cent of
those surveyed. (Note: CIOs surveyed were allowed multiple responses.)

                              Industries Hiring
    The finance industry led all business sectors with 42 per cent of CIOs
expecting to add personnel and none projecting staff reductions. IT executives
in the manufacturing sector also forecast solid hiring increases, with 24 per
cent planning personnel additions and 1 per cent expecting staff reductions,
for a net 23 per cent hiring increase.

    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

    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: Second-quarter financial hiring index.

For further information:

For further information: Jason Chapman, (416) 350-8143, extension 62070

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