Twenty-four percent of Houston-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 24 percent in the previous six months and 22 percent a year ago. In addition, 62 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 11 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent expect to reduce IT staffing levels in the last six months of the year.
"Hiring across most industries has been steady over the last six months," said Robert Vaughn, metro market manager for Robert Half Technology in Houston. "Those affected by the oil and gas market are moving forward with mission-critical projects and tapping temporary and full-time personnel to help fill voids. Many companies are focused on tightening security processes and improving applications that enhance the user experience. Technology professionals who have experience in .NET, security and network engineering are in high demand and often receive multiple offers within a short amount of time."
Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand
Hiring challenges remain, as 73 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:
Network administration (54 percent)
Desktop support (52 percent)
Database management (52 percent)