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IT hiring outlook for third quarter

The transportation, communications, and utilities sectors look to be the most optimistic about hiring in the third quarter 2009. The most common areas? End-user support and LAN/WAN administration.

The transportation, communications, and utilities sectors look to be the most optimistic about hiring in the third quarter 2009. The most common areas? End-user support and LAN/WAN administration.

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Here are the latest key findings from the third-quarter Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report:

  • Technology executives attribute hiring activity largely to an increased need for customer/end-user support and rising workloads.
  • Three regions are tied for the strongest hiring forecasts in the third quarter — South Atlantic, East South Central, and Pacific.
  • CIOs in the transportation, communications, and utilities sector are most optimistic about hiring.
  • Staff-level technology professionals (Help Desk, desktop support) are in greatest demand. Nearly nine in 10 CIOs surveyed (88 percent) plan to recruit IT professionals at the staff level (up to five years of experience).
  • Reduced IT budgets remain the leading reason for staff reductions.
  • Thirty percent of executives cited the increased need for customer/end-user support as the primary factor driving hiring demand, followed by rising workloads at 27 percent.
  • Seventy-three percent of CIOs report that network administration (LAN, WAN) is the technical skill set most in demand in their IT departments. Desktop support received 69 percent of the response, followed closely by Windows administration (Server 2000/2003) at 68 percent.

The quarterly IT Hiring Index and Skills Report was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. The study is based on more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. In order for the study to be statistically representative and ensure that companies from all segments were included, the sample was stratified by geographic region, industry, and number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees within each region. The margin of error for this study is +/-2.6 percent at the 95 percent level of confidence.

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