Posted by John Reed on Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 08:00
We just released the latest Robert Half Technology Hiring Index, which provides an interesting perspective on anticipated IT hiring trends for the remainder of 2015. We conduct this survey every six months and ask 2,500 CIOs about their upcoming hiring plans, including the IT skills they are currently seeking.
The tech hiring picture continues to be very positive: Almost 9 out of 10 U.S. CIOs we interviewed said they will be hiring in the third and fourth quarter of this year. In fact, 22 percent said they expect to hire IT staff during the next 6 months. This is an increase from the survey in the first half of 2015, when 19 percent of CIOs said they planned to add new team members, and a year ago when only 14 percent said the same thing. We’ve had back-to-back reports of continually improving IT hiring projections in the tech community.
Some of this growth in tech hiring is due to organizations adding new security initiatives, mobile-friendly websites and applications, and taking on data analytics and business intelligence projects.
While IT hiring is solid across the board, 59 percent of CIOs said it’s “somewhat” or “very challenging” to find skilled IT professionals today. They also revealed which skills are in greatest demand within their organizations:
- Windows administration (53 percent)
- Desktop support (52 percent)
- Network administration (52 percent)
- Wireless network management (50 percent)
In addition, 69 percent of CIOs said they are taking action to address recruiting challenges for IT staff, including:
- Increasing networking activities (48 percent)
- Using recruiters or staffing firms (37 percent)
- Offering referral bonuses (36 percent)
- Hiring consultants to augment current staff (36 percent)
Technology professionals are feeling more secure about their job prospects and are increasingly looking at new job opportunities. Smart organizations are boosting their retention efforts to avoid losing strong performers.
What are you experiencing from a retention and tech hiring perspective? Let me know in the comments section below.