Information technology (IT) employment is expected to rise next year as 11 percent of 1,400 CIOs from U.S. companies surveyed by Robert Half Technology said they plan to increase IT hiring in the first quarter of 2011. Three percent of survey respondents plan cutbacks, so overall hiring should increase 8 percent.
"CIOs are reinitiating previously deferred projects and are more willing to invest in augmenting their teams," says Robert Half executive director John Reed. "As companies maximize operational efficiencies and strive to make information more accessible, they rely on their IT departments."
Network administrator skills, cited by 17 percent of CIOs, will be in highest demand, followed by security (16 percent), and software development (11 percent). CIOs are also looking for Windows administration, desktop support, and database management skills.
Hiring will be most intensive in the East North Central region, followed by the West South Central region. More than half of CIOs said finding suitable candidates would be a challenge.
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