Chief information officers say they're expecting to see a modest rise in staffing for positions in information technology during the fourth quarter, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.
Specifically, 9 percent of respondents report plans to expand their IT departments while percent of respondents say they are preparing for work force reductions, resulting in a net 3 percent projected increase in hiring activity. This leaves 83 percent of respondents with no staffing changes.
Confidence is also growing as 91 percent of respondents say they are at least somewhat optimistic regarding growth prospects in the next three months, and 30 percent of respondents say they are very optimistic. When it comes to investing in IT project, 44 percent of respondents believe the likelihood is at a four or higher on a five-point scale, with five representing the most confidence.
The survey also reveals that the most in-demand positions are in network administration, database management and technical support, and 54 percent of respondents cite difficulties in finding skilled professionals.
"While CIOs project a modest hiring increase in the fourth quarter, IT professionals in certain specialties, such as network administration and database management, will continue to be in strong demand," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "The vast majority of CIOs are confident in their firms' growth prospects for the next quarter."
The most anticipated hiring is found in the East South Central and West South Central regions, the survey finds, as there is a net 8 percent of respondents in both regions expecting to bring in more workers. The transportation industry is also project to have the most hiring with a net 15 percent of respondents say they have plans to hire.