CIOs, IT Hiring Managers Optimistic, But Challenges Remain  

2 July 2014:

Almost 90 percent of U.S. CIOs and about 70 percent of U.S. hiring managers plan to hire IT professionals in the second half of 2014, according to separate research reports from Robert Half Technology and Dice.com, respectively. That adds up to great news for the IT industry and for tech pros looking to land a new job, but hiring companies must adapt to upward pressure on salaries and stem high turnover rates.

According to Robert Half Technology's IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, which surveyed more than 2,400 U.S. CIOs, 89 percent say they're optimistic about their companies' prospects for growth over the next six months, says John Reed, senior executive director, Robert Half Technology. But 61 percent of respondents admitted it would be somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT pros to fill their open positions, Reed says.

Market for Technology Pros Shows Strength

"Generally speaking, the IT employment market continues to be very strong," Reed says. "There's really high demand for tech professionals, but CIOs and hiring managers are continuing to struggle to find the people they need to fill these positions," he says.

Dice.com's recently released semi-annual hiring survey backs up these assertions. According to Dice.com's president Shravan Goli, about 70 percent of the 700 hiring managers surveyed for the report said they plan to boost hiring in the second half of 2014, but cited salary pressures and higher turnover rates as major challenges in a tight employment market.

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Source: CIO

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