Hiring Outlook Better, But Not Great - Page 1

Feb 23, 2004

Allen Bernard

Eleven percent of chief information officers (CIOs) interviewed for Robert Half Technology's Information Technology Hiring Index and Skills Report plan to add full-time staff to their information technology (IT) departments in the second quarter of 2004, while only 2 percent anticipate personnel reductions.

Eighty-seven percent of survey respondents, however, expect to maintain current staff levels in the upcoming quarter. The net 9 percent hiring increase compares with a net 3 percent forecast last quarter and is the largest net increase reflected in the survey since the third quarter of 2002.

The national poll 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.

Key findings of the survey also include:

  • Business expansion continues to be the leading factor driving IT hiring and its influence is growing. It was cited by nearly 25% more respondents than in last quarter's survey.

  • CIOs in the Pacific states are most optimistic about future hiring activity, followed closely by those in the South Atlantic region.

  • Networking is the specialization experiencing the strongest growth.
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