Nineteen percent of Denver-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 compares to 23 percent in the previous six months and 21 percent a year ago. In addition, 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 13 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the last six months of the year.
"It's still a candidate-driven market in technology," said Andrew Butkus, division director for Robert Half Technology in Denver. "Professionals are relocating to Denver for the array of career opportunities, and companies are moving here to take advantage of the talent pool."
Butkus added, "Good candidates have plenty of options, especially in the healthcare, managed services and financial services sectors. Tech pros are often receiving multiple offers in a short amount of time, and employers need to find a way to stand out. Salary and perks are good drivers, but company culture is also very important."
Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand
Hiring challenges remain, as 68 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:
Telecommunications support (54 percent)
Business intelligence and reporting services (54 percent)
Desktop support (52 percent)
Network administration (51 percent)