CIOs report on third-quarter technology hiring projections

    TORONTO, June 14 /CNW/ - Chief information officers (CIOs) project
continued hiring of information technology (IT) professionals in the third
quarter of 2007, although at a more moderate rate than during the second
quarter, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills
Report. Twelve per cent of executives surveyed plan to add IT staff in the
next three months and 1 per cent foresee personnel cutbacks.
    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
    -   Business growth remains the top reason companies are adding IT staff.

    -   Networking is the job category experiencing the most growth.

    -   CIOs in the business services sector are most optimistic about
        employment gains.

    "Ongoing business expansion has created a strong demand for IT
professionals at all levels," said Sandra Lavoy, vice-president with Robert
Half Technology. "To ensure talented candidates are not lost to competing
offers, companies are expediting their time to hire and offering enhanced
compensation packages."
    Forty-seven per cent of CIOs who plan to hire said corporate growth or
expansion is the primary factor driving their need for more staff.
Twenty-one per cent cited demand for increased customer and/or end-user
support. Systems upgrades and the increasing security for corporate
information systems, followed with 11 per cent and nine per cent respectively.

    Skills in Demand
    Microsoft Windows administration (Server 2000/2003) remains the most
sought-after skill set, cited by 81 per cent of executives polled. Network
administration (Cisco, Nortel) received 76 per cent of the response, followed
by database management (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2) at 61 per cent. (Note: CIOs
surveyed were allowed multiple responses.)
    The overall job category experiencing the most growth is networking,
cited by 18 per cent of CIOs surveyed. Other positions in demand included
internet/intranet development (14 per cent), project management (11 per cent)
and data/database management (10 per cent).

                              Industries Hiring

    CIOs in the business services sector forecast the most robust hiring
activity in the third quarter. Thirty-two per cent of CIOs from this segment
plan to add IT staff and none foresee personnel cutbacks. Respondents from the
business services sector indicated that their greatest need is for Microsoft
Windows administration (Server 2000/2003), network administration (Cisco,
Nortel) and database management (Oracle, SQL Server, DB2). Technology
executives in the retail and construction industries also anticipate solid
employment gains. Executives in these sectors project a net 25 per cent and
23 per cent increase in hiring respectively, in the next three months.
    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
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    Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver, please contact Jason Chapman at
    416-350-8143, extension 62070.

    Also available: Third-quarter financial hiring index.

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