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SOURCE Robert Half Technology

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Most CIOs Optimistic About Their Companies' Growth Prospects

DALLAS, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ten percent of Dallas-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 20 percent in the previous six-month period (January – June 2014). In addition, 76 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 10 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, 88 percent of Dallas-area chief information officers (CIOs) said they are optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014, and 74 percent feel confident in their firms' plans to invest in IT projects.                                               

Dallas/Fort Worth IT Hiring Forecast

Jan. – June

July – Dec.


2014*

2014

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments

20%

10%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

62%

76%

CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold

17%

10%

CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff

1%

1%

Don't know future hiring plans

1%

3%

*Numbers do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"While IT hiring in Dallas remains active, the supply of qualified IT professionals continues to tighten," said Rob Robinson, Dallas district president of Robert Half Technology. "Those with expertise in web and mobile development, desktop support and server migrations are especially sought-after, and hiring managers are moving quickly to extend offers to top talent."

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 Dallas and Forth Worth areas. 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, 60 percent of Dallas 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 networking (16 percent), applications development (14 percent) and data/database management (12 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Dallas CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-eight percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014. This compares to 82 percent in the first half of the year.

Seventy-four 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 73 percent in the first six months of the year.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-two percent of Dallas 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, both with 44 percent of the response.

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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