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IT Hiring Trends Revealed by Robert Half Technology

  Industry Statistics published in DM Direct Special Report
April 25, 2006 Issue
  By DM Review Editorial Staff

The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. The company has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995. For more information, please go to www.rht.com.

CIOs at the largest employers are most optimistic about adding IT staff in the second quarter. Twenty-five percent of executives at firms with more than 1,000 employees plan to hire additional personnel and 5 percent foresee staff reductions, for a net 20 percent increase in hiring activity. This compares to a net 5 percent increase in hiring activity forecast at the smallest firms included in the survey (100 to 249 employees).

Figure 1: IT Hiring Projections

Among CIOs who plan to hire in the second quarter, 40 percent said corporate expansion is the reason. Twenty-six percent cited increased customer and end-user support needs.

Figure 2: Factors Driving Hiring

Help desk/end-user support is the hottest job category within IT departments.

Figure 3: Skills in Demand

Technology executives in the retail sector are most optimistic about hiring in the second quarter of 2006. Nineteen percent of CIOs in this industry plan to expand their IT departments and only 3 percent expect personnel cutbacks. The net 16 percent hiring increase is eight points above the national average.

Strong hiring activity also is expected in the wholesale and transportation sectors. CIOs in each of these industries forecast a net 11 percent hiring increase.


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