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.

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