Help Wanted: Job Growth Projected for IT Workforce

Author: John Egan
Published: December 06, 2010 at 9:29 pm

As Americans continue to digest bad news about the job market, including a national unemployment rate that now hovers near 10 percent, there’s some good news for IT workers. Two new surveys indicate IT hiring will enjoy an upswing in coming months.

In a survey conducted by job board for IT staffing company Technisource, 86 percent of HR professionals who said they’re planning to make hires in the next six months are poised to add jobs in IT. That’s up 8 percentage points from the previous Technisource survey.

“While it is difficult to make any definitive forecasts from a single survey, the data in this report seems to suggest that we can anticipate increased technology hiring and perceived strength in corporations—which bodes well for a strong and much-anticipated rebound,” Michael Winwood, president of Technisource, said in a news release.

Meanwhile, a survey by staffing company Robert Half showed 11 percent of chief information officers intend to bulk up their IT staffs in the first three months of 2011.

The net 8 percent rise in projected IT hiring activity for the first quarter of 2011 is the highest level in a year and up 5 points from the previous quarter’s Robert Half forecast.

“As companies maximize operational efficiencies and strive to make information more accessible, they rely on their IT departments,” John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology, said in a news release. “As a result, CIOs are re-initiating previously deferred projects and are more willing to invest in augmenting their teams.”

Other findings from the surveys:

• 29 percent of IT hiring will consist of new openings, while 9 percent of hires will be replacement positions, according to the Technisource survey.

• Among the HR professionals questioned by Technisource who aim to add IT jobs, 71 percent of the positions will be related to apps; 56 percent, project management; and 50 percent, infrastructure.

• 54 percent of CIOs surveyed by Robert Half said it’s challenging to find skilled IT professionals today.

• Network administration is the most sought-after expertise for IT job candidates, according to the Robert Half survey.

• IT executives in regions that include Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin will be hiring most actively.

• CIOs in the health services sector are most likely to hire in the first quarter of 2011, according to Robert Half.


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