IT Employment

IT hiring in Q3 will make biggest jump since 2001 and CIOs name top skill sets


Yesterday, Robert Half Technology released its IT Hiring Index and Skills Report and it contained some good news for IT professionals: of the more than 1,400 IT executives polled, 17% of them plan to hire more IT pros in Q3 while 2% plan staff cuts. That equates to a 15% net gain, a three point increase from Q2 and the highest overall jump since the fourth quarter of 2001.

Breaking down the numbers

Robert Half Technology has also released eight graphs (see gallery) that provide additional insights including a breakdown by industry, regional differences, hot job roles, and skills that in demand (below).

A contrary view

My colleagues at ZDNet also reported this, and there was an interesting comment from the user Roger Ramjet in response to the IT skills in demand chart:

Since I've been in the job market for 4 months, I can say that it looks like I'm getting more action now. But where did you get those stats on job type? In my research, Java programming jobs are by far the most prevalent. Project management jobs are next and sysadmin comes after those. If you had a choice between getting a MCSE or a Java cert - I know which one I would choose.

Roger has a decent point here. Anecdotally, I've noticed a resurgence of demand for Java developers recently, while I haven't seen anything in particular that points to there being a shortage of Windows admins or extra demand in that specialty. But, like I said, that's totally anecdotal. I'd be interested to hear what other people are seeing. The timing of this report is good, since yesterday I just posted about IT spending and outsourcing and about IT specialties that are hot right now.

Your take?

What do you think about the jump in IT hiring? Does it match what you're seeing in the field? Does the list of skills in demand match what you're seeing? Join the discussion.

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24 comments
wkpickett0154
wkpickett0154

We get to create our opportunities- read on... Here is a hot item for VAR entrepreneurs, contractors: I work in a call center for a wireless provider at contract (outsourcer). We have a huge need for a company/person who can fix the following scenario: Our software, the story goes, is piped in offsite, and many times crashes prevent good use or long "wait til it stops"- downtimes. WHat an IT opportunity for a company or person who can fix this bottleneck. (Think 1000 pod call center ). wkpickett0154@comcast.net

awk
awk

Government numbers, what are they? I work for a state government. Does the numbers only reflect business? I ask purely as COBOL has not died and legacy systems of various types exist that are still being supported. What is missing in this report is that government workers (with legacy backgrounds) are on the decline. It would seem that this report doesn't account for replacing those workers. Government as a whole is a major employer (in general) in each capital city. Some departments fit the profile but all do not.

awk
awk

Government numbers, what are they? I work for a state government. Does the numbers only reflect business? I ask purely as COBOL has not died and legacy systems of various types exist that are still being supported. What is missing in this report is that government workers (with legacy backgrounds) are on the decline. It would seem that this report doesn't account for replacing those workers. Government as a whole is a major employer (in general) in each capital city. Some departments fit the profile but all do not.

2waynew
2waynew

Most companies I speak with plan to outsource more IT jobs to India this year instead of hiring locally. I know of several planning to outsource 70% of there IT department.

jashe_god_sno
jashe_god_sno

Well I pray that these stats are accurate. I hear that the job market is full of openings that stay open for extended periods of time (Hire and Fire). Sometimes I feel like a cow looking for the right pasture and the grass is always greener for the Bull next door. If you aren?t expanding your departments, doesn?t that say your business has peaked and about ready for the trip to the valley? To all those taking this note as great news, happy hunting and see you in the waiting room.

Womble
Womble

I work in a Telco, PM'ing the deployment of 3G coverage solutions in buildings, ranging in size from a 5K solution for a CEO residence to $4mill for an underground Railway. I do this in Australia, so I have very little idea of what that industry is doing in the states - does anyone have an idea?

jashe_god_sno
jashe_god_sno

Well I pray that these stats are accurate. I hear that the job market is full of openings that stay open for extended periods of time (Hire and Fire). Sometimes I feel like a cow looking for the right pasture and the grass is always greener for the Bull next door. If you aren?t expanding your departments, doesn?t that say your business has peaked and about ready for the trip to the valley? To all those taking this as great news, happy hunting and see you in the waiting room.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

There are definitely regional discrepancies. Are you trying to break into IT for the first time, or are you simply in a career transition?

jashe_god_sno
jashe_god_sno

After spending 4 years in the Air Force I tried to tough it out in Texas for a year. After that debacle I decided to move back to LA and have been jobless for about two weeks. Hopefully I can ride my clearence into some good revenue. Thanks for the concern.

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

A new report says that IT hiring is set to make its biggest jump since the end of 2001: http://blogs.techrepublic.com.com/hiner/?p=500 How does that match with what you're seeing in your area? Is the pace picking up for IT hiring?

CG IT
CG IT

Been a Windows Administrator [AD]for oh, well since 1998. Never get a bite on my resume and that's with 10 years experience but alas no bacholars degree. Heck I've got 4 years experience with Cisco crap . Robert Half advertises Windows Administrators but their requirements are: Bacholars degree in Computer Science 5 to 8 years experience with Active Directory MCSE a plus but not required CCNA/CCNP a plus Database mgt For those who aren't senior level administrators, and no degree, getting a Windows Admin job is not so easy a thing.

d50041
d50041

Recently I was offered a position with a significantly higher salary than I am making at a company I have been with for 6 years. After I received the offer I requested a review of all benefits. Whoa !!! The package was worse in totality. Look at hte pension, is it 401, or 403, of SIMPLE IRA or anything, is there a match, how much. What is the vacation policy, short term disability, long term disability, flex time, start time, dress code, mandatory lunch, and of course sick leave and medical, including dental and eye care. There is more but a huge salary gain was negated, in my case, by regid start and lunch times, a dress code, no 401, starting vacation over after waiting a year, no short term disability, etc. Each of us has different needs so be sure to look before you leap !!

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

That's a great point. It's often easy to drool at a salary increase but overlook that you might be leaving money on the table with considerably less benefits.

dmvdv
dmvdv

The IT market is NOT red hot. It has warmed a bit. The IT market has been depressed for at least 6 years. Both companies and job seekers are feeling the warm up. Especially those who lived through the truly hot market of 1997 to 2000 are over-reacting. The demand for particular skill sets ( JAVA, J2EE, Project Mgt, and some others) is a GREAT thing. But we need to keep it in perspective that IT leadership is still under tremendous pressure to show ROI on the overall spend. There will continue to be a lot of off shoring for the jobs that can go, and out-sourcing of everything. Most hiring will be on a Rent-to-Own basis, save for the hottest skill sets. Job seekers who get a bite are well advised to set the hook deeply at point of hire (really push for salary) because your employer will never love you as much as when they are trying to get you in the door. EMPLOYERs don't be fooled into thinking you have to pay top dollar for EVERY hire ... recruiters and hiring managers both have a personal interest in maximizing the starting offer.

ansocoetzer
ansocoetzer

In my area there is an increasing demand for IT Professional almost on a weekly basis - people are finally accepting that Technology is the driver and that technical people drives that Technology.

MeYou-AND-Them
MeYou-AND-Them

Rates/ Salaries are definitely increasing...but so is the cost of living?..there is an economic shuffle going on?some will survive some not Amount of open positions are way up...some not being filled.... As the prior post statement that some clients/businesses are in a shuffle...reason is those that cant manage or acquire the talent to manage their tech ...will fall by the waist side in the coming months and years... More outsourcing ...all depends what finally happens with the Gov on the H1B issues now .... Those that are in technology enjoy the ride for now....there are changes going on...market / business etc.....some will fail and some will succeed....and at the end of this economic cycle ( remember 1999-2000 era) the market will eventually be thinner ....technology is meant to do more with less.....we are in a consolidating market right now with some new stars in the mix

ZenWarp
ZenWarp

you mentioned as follows: "and at the end of this economic cycle ( remember 1999-2000 era) the market will eventually be thinner" yeh I remember it all too well , that was when the traitors in congress were bought by corporations and bill gates to bring in over 185,000 in 1999 alone, the reason rates have been getting better is we the people have been putting pressure on the politicians to NOT increase the H-1B cap of 65,000 per year and the battle is still on-going and the traitors are trying to sneak another increase in again so we the people have to remind the politicians that it is in fact the people that vote and not the corporations, and as what happened to George Allen in the last election being replaced by Jim Webb, who knows the scam of the H-1B program and in 2008 we the people will be placing candidates for the people and not for the corporations and will send all the current corrupt and corporate monied politicians home for good and get real people in their place to enact legislation for the people and not for the corporations or bill gates. visit www.write-me-in.org

Locrian_Lyric
Locrian_Lyric

I'm getting calls from headhunters asking if I know anyone who is looking. Contract jobs are almost impossible to find now, in fact, when I was let go earlier this year, I couldn't find a single contract. All of the jobs were PERM. Of that I am greatful. I was out of work for about 2 months, but had the promise of a job after 5 weeks. (later hired by company). I typically went on 2-4 interviews PER WEEK. That's my $.02

JamesRL
JamesRL

Despite the fact that we are the leading vendor in our vertical market and that we are achieving record revenues, we will not be expanding our workforce, in fact we have a hiring freeze. Costs have also gone up, specifically benefits costs. Our customer base is also goign through a shakeup. James

jasonhiner
jasonhiner

Have you done any significant hiring in the past five years? Sounds like a tough environment for your department right now.

JamesRL
JamesRL

The support department cannot even replace a position if someone leaves. My company is very conservative when it comes to hiring, because they do not want to ever deal with large scale layoffs. James

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