Are CIOs planning on hiring more tech pros in the second half of 2016? The answer is yes, according to new data from research firm Robert Half Technology.
Some 21 percent of CIOs surveyed by the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report said they planned on expanding their technology teams. Another 63 percent said they expected to hire only for their open IT roles.
But not everyone was in a hiring mood: some 13 percent of surveyed CIOs said they intended to put their tech-hiring plans on hold, and 3 percent planned on reducing their overall level of staff. (The survey-takers phoned 2,500 CIOs in 25 major U.S. markets.)
“Organizations are getting the green light on more technology projects, prompting them to make strategic hires,” John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology, wrote in a statement accompanying the data. “However, technology leaders continue to struggle to find highly skilled talent in a market with low unemployment.”
The surveyed CIOs said that network administrators, desktop support, and database management were the most in-demand skills at their respective organizations. More than half of them (61 percent) also indicated that recruiting tech professionals with the right combination of skills is a challenge.
The data from Robert Half Technology mirrors that of other surveys and studies. Last month, a majority of recruiters and managers (51 percent) told Dice that enlisting software developers and engineers represented their top hiring priority in 2016. Those surveyed also wanted managers, data scientists, and, to a lesser degree, desktop support and QA testers. Across a broad range of organizations, tech pros are clearly in demand.
It’s also no surprise that executives and recruiters are having some trouble with finding the right talent. Tech-industry unemployment hit 2.0 percent in May, unchanged from April, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With so many skilled tech pros already employed, the fight over the remaining talent pool is fierce.