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.
CIOs were asked, "How likely are you to consider consulting or project work as a means to transition to retirement?"
"For those nearing retirement, leaving a full-time position is often a lifestyle choice and not a decision to stop working entirely, said Katherine Spencer Lee, RHT's executive director.
"Consulting provides a way for IT professionals to continue leveraging the expertise developed over their careers, earn extra income, mentor the next generation of talent and gain the flexibility to pursue other interests -- both professional and personal."
Lee noted that companies also are benefiting from these arrangements because former executives that consult help bridge the knowledge gap when seasoned pros leave.