CIOs at leading technology companies are looking to
increase hiring of IT professionals in the fourth quarter of 2010, but are having troubling finding qualified candidates.
So says Robert Half, anyway. In its Professional
Employment Report for Q4 of 2010, the recruiter found that 84 percent of CIOs
were optimistic about their organization’s ability to expand in the next
three months, but only at a modest 3 percent.
Tech companies will hire new employees at about half the pace
of other industries for two reasons: the lagging economy and the
inability to find qualified IT specialists. Fifty one percent
of the surveyed CIOs said a lack of tech talent prevented them from filling
open positions, up 7 percent from last quarter.
The top positions in demand are
network administrators experienced with cloud computing, Voice over Internet Protocol
(VoIP) and Software as a Service (SaaS); applications developers and Web
developers; and help desk and desktop support professionals.
Robert Half International’s study was promising overall, finding
that 86 percent of executives in major industries are "very" or "somewhat" confident that their companies
will record significant sales and earnings growth in the fourth quarter.
— Chandler Harris