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Robert Half Technology Survey Shows IT Hiring Projections

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nine percent of Los Angeles-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 15 percent in the previous six-month period (January – June 2014). In addition, 83 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 6 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the last six months of the year.

In the same survey, 88 percent of Los Angeles-area chief information officers (CIOs) said they are optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014, and 68 percent feel confident in their firms' plans to invest in IT projects.                              

Los Angeles IT Hiring Forecast

Jan. – June

July – Dec.



CIOs adding more staff to IT departments



CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles



CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold



CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff



Don't know future hiring plans



*Numbers do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"Companies in Los Angeles are bringing in technology staff to support new initiatives, particularly in the high-tech, healthcare and financial services sectors," said Paul Flaharty, Los Angeles metro market manager of Robert Half Technology. "Local companies are growing at an accelerated pace and need professionals to help them implement IT projects for website upgrades, security and cloud-based applications."

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 Los Angeles 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, 59 percent of Los Angeles 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 (18 percent), networking (15 percent) and security (14 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that Los Angeles 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 89 percent in the first half of the year.

Sixty-eight 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 61 percent in the first six months of the year.

Skills in Demand
Fifty-eight percent of Los Angeles technology executives surveyed said that data/database management is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Network administration and wireless network management followed, with 57 percent and 48 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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