Q4 Hiring (article)

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IT headcount expected to rise in Q4, CIOs say

Business confidence on the rise, and 9% of CIOs expect to expand IT departments in Q4

By       , Network World September 20, 2012 09:52 AM ET

More CIOs are planning to expand their IT departments in the coming quarter than were three months ago. But compared to other professions, projected IT hiring in Q4 lags behind fields such as legal, sales and marketing, according to new data from Robert Half Technology.

In the staffing firm’s latest IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, 9% of CIOs said they plan to expand their IT departments in Q4, and 6% anticipate cutbacks. The net 3% increase in anticipated IT hiring is up two percentage points from last quarter’s survey. For Q4, the remaining 83% of CIOs polled said they’ll maintain current staffing levels.

More CIOs are planning to expand their IT departments in the coming quarter than were three months ago. But compared to other   professions, projected IT hiring in Q4 lags behind fields such as legal, sales and marketing, according to new data from Robert   Half Technology.

In the staffing firm’s latest IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, 9% of CIOs said they plan to expand their IT departments in Q4, and 6% anticipate cutbacks. The net 3% increase in anticipated   IT hiring is up two percentage points from last quarter’s survey. For Q4, the remaining 83% of CIOs polled said they’ll maintain   current staffing levels.

By industry, CIOs in the transportation sector anticipate the most hiring, with a net 15% planning to expand their IT departments.

Meanwhile, nearly all CIOs surveyed are bullish about business in the next three months: 91% expressed confidence in their   companies’ prospects for growth, compared to 76% who were confident in the third quarter.

“While CIOs project a modest hiring increase in the fourth quarter, IT professionals in certain specialties, such as network   administration and database management, will continue to be in strong demand,” said John Reed, senior executive director of   Robert Half Technology, in a statement. “The vast majority of CIOs are confident in their firms’ growth prospects for the   next quarter.”

In the bigger picture, IT lags behind in hiring expectations compared to other professional areas. The strongest field, according   to Robert Half International, is sales and business development, where a net 33% of executives plan to hire talent in the   upcoming quarter. Executives in the legal profession (net 29%) and advertising and marketing field (net 13%) also anticipate   strong Q4 hiring.

In its larger cross-profession survey of 4,000 C-level executives and senior managers, 57% said they expect to encounter recruiting   challenges in upcoming quarter.

Ann Bednarz covers IT careers, outsourcing and Internet culture for Network World. Follow Ann on Twitter at @annbednarz and check out her blog, Occupational Hazards. Her email address is abednarz@nww.com.

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