CIOs and technical recruiters plan for second quarter IT hiring

Technology has wound its way into business life like never before. Mobile workforces have become the staff of the future and high-profile businesses and brands have even found their way onto once unheralded social media platforms like Pinterest and Tumblr. As such, information technology (IT) jobs have become a major focus for firms operating in the digital age. A recent survey found demand for IT workers is rising, however, recruiting is a challenge. Companies in the market for new talent can work with technical recruiters.

Majority plan to fill IT positions
According to a recent poll by Robert Half Technology, 14 percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) expect to hire for new jobs on their IT teams during the second quarter of 2013. Additionally, 61 percent of CIOs said they will not be creating new IT jobs, but will look to hire to fill open positions during the next three months – all the same, they can benefit from using the services of technical recruiters. Twenty-two percent said they plan to maintain IT workforce levels and just 2 percent said they will reduce staff numbers.

"We continue to see strong demand for IT workers as companies increase their investment in technology initiatives, including security, data mining and mobile," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.

The optimistic hiring intentions among Chicago-based CIOs were mostly in line with the average of their national colleagues, and Chicago recruiters will be ready to help firms launch tech talent searches locally. Thirteen percent of Chicago CIOs plan to hire for new positions, 55 percent will fill open positions, 28 percent will wait to hire and only 4 will cut staffing levels.

Technical recruiter skills needed for difficult recruitment
While CIOs plan to boost hiring, they are increasingly running into obstacles when locating and hiring skilled IT professionals: 70 percent of respondents said recruiting is somewhat or very challenging, perhaps suggesting they could benefit from working with accomplished technical recruiters.

CIOs said the most difficult positions to recruit for are networking (16 percent), data/database management (13 percent) and applications development (12 percent).

Planned hiring seemed to be largely dependent on whether CIOs predicted as increased business focus on IT: 72 percent of respondents said they are somewhat or very confident their respective companies would invest in IT projects during second quarter 2013.