Tech Recruiting in Houston More Difficult for Certain Functional Roles

Twice a year Robert Half Technology asks chief information officers (CIOs) to share their IT hiring plans for the upcoming six-month period. The recent survey, conducted in 24 major U.S. markets, revealed that 87% of U.S. CIOs plan to hire in the first half of 2015. While this is positive news for job seekers, tech recruiting for some in-demand positions was cited as a challenge.

Results from the Houston survey, compiled in the IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, showed that twenty-four percent of Houston-area chief information officers (CIOs) plan to expand their IT teams from January to June this year. Although, seventy-two percent said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT talent in Houston today. Tech recruiting difficulties were most prominent when hiring talent in these functional areas:

  • Software development (22 percent)
  • Help desk/technical support (14 percent)
  • Security (13 percent)

Robert Vaughn, Houston branch manager of Robert Half Technology, agrees with the findings. “From a tech recruiting perspective, there’s a strong demand for network engineers, security professionals and developers with SQL and .NET experience. As demand for tech talent with specific skills increases, companies will continue to face tech recruiting challenges when trying to fill key roles.”

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