CIOs expect hiring freezes to thaw during the fourth quarter, according to a report released Wednesday by Robert Half Technology. As a result, more of the executives are bullish about filling vacant positions and expanding their staff headed into the close of the year.
The survey noted that only 13 percent of the Bay Area CIOs surveyed plan to put IT hiring on hold during the year’s final quarter. That’s 9 percentage points lower than the previous quarter, when 22 percent were hesitant about adding heads.
“The fourth quarter often brings many infrastructure changes and year-end projects,” notes Megan Slabinski, Robert Half Technology’s Bay Area District President. “We’re seeing companies looking to grow their permanent teams, which leads to more direct hires and contract-to-hire opportunities.”
CIO confidence about the fourth quarter edged up from the current quarter, with 90 percent feeling optimistic about their company’s growth prospects compared to 88 percent.
In the Bay Area, 55 percent of the CIOs are particularly interested in finding network administrators. Database managers and desktop support staff are also in-demand, with 43 percent looking hard for people with those skills.
Amid such strong demand, Bay Area CIOs say it’s tough to find enough applicants for these positions. Some 22 percent say networking is the most difficult functional area in which to recruit skilled IT workers, followed by 12 percent for help desk and technical support, and 11 percent for data and database management.
Overall, 64 percent of the region’s CIOs say it’s somewhat to very difficult to find skilled IT workers today. That puts them in a tough spot, especially when 71 percent are confident their companies will invest in IT projects before the end of the year.