Twenty-four percent of Dallas-area technology executives surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2016, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This is a 4-point increase from the previous six months and compares to 23 percent a year ago. In addition, 57 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 18 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the last six months of the year.
"It's a great time to be a technology professional in Dallas," said Nicole Sims, regional vice president for Robert Half Technology in Dallas. "Organizations of all sizes and industries are relocating to the area due in large part to the available talent pool. Job seekers are attracted to the area because of the variety of career opportunities. It's also a busy hiring season, and many companies have projects launching in the third quarter. We're seeing high demand for professionals with SQL database, .NET development, network security and digital development experience."
Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand
Hiring challenges remain, as 58 percent of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. The skills in greatest demand within their organizations, according to respondents, include:
Desktop support (64 percent)
Windows administration (55 percent)
Database management (52 percent)