Detroit CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans for Second Half of 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows More Companies Planning to Expand IT Teams

Twenty-six percent of Detroit-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 6-point increase from the previous six months and compares to 23 percent a year ago. In addition, 62 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 8 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 4 percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the last six months of the year.


Detroit IT Hiring Forecast*

July–Dec. 2016



July–Dec. 2015

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments




CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles




CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold




CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff




Don’t know future hiring plans




*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.

View an infographic of research highlights.


“Detroit employers are hiring IT staff across multiple industries and investing in their internal business applications,” said Jeremy Brodsky, Detroit branch manager for Robert Half Technology. “We’re seeing increased demand for network engineers and web developers, especially in the high-tech, healthcare and automotive sectors.”


Brodsky added, “Most employers are aware of the tight market for top IT talent, but those who recognize the need to consolidate the interview process and make a decision quickly are winning the battle for the best tech talent. Those who don’t act fast often lose great candidates to competing offers.”

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.


Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand

Hiring challenges remain, as 56 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:

  • Database management (62 percent)

  • Desktop support (54 percent)

  • Wireless network management (53 percent)

  • Windows administration (53 percent)


About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.


Survey Methodology

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in the United States. The margin of error is +/-1.6 percent at the 90 percent confidence level. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

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