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SOURCE Robert Half Technology

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows IT Hiring Projections

ST. LOUIS, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Eleven percent of St. Louis-area technology executives recently surveyed expect to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2014, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This compares to 17 percent in the previous six-month period (January – June 2014). In addition, 82 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 5 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the last six months of the year.

In the same survey, 95 percent of St. Louis-area chief information officers (CIOs) said they are optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014, and 72 percent feel confident in their firms' plans to invest in IT projects.

St. Louis IT Hiring Forecast

 Jan. – June
2014*

July – Dec.
2014

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

17%

11%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

66%

82%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

12%

5%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

5%

1%

Don't know future hiring plans

1%

1%


*Numbers do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"The demand for IT talent in St. Louis continues, especially in the healthcare, financial services, insurance and IT sectors," said Joe McIntyre, St. Louis regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "In order to stay competitive, companies are hiring IT professionals to help them implement high-priority projects, such as web development, desktop support and systems upgrades."

The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan St. Louis area. 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.

Recruiting Challenges
In terms of recruiting, 72 percent of St. Louis CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of applications development (27 percent), networking (18 percent) and data/database management (11 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that St. Louis CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Ninety-five percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014. This compares to 90 percent in the first half of the year.

Seventy-two percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the second half of 2014. This compares to 75 percent in the first six months of the year.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-four percent of St. Louis technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and data/database management followed, with 50 percent and 46 percent of the response, respectively.

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 rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech or visit our technology blog at blog.rht.com.

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