The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for New York shows that 17 percent of New York-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2014. This is up 5 points compared to projections from the previous six-month period (June-December 2013). Another 69 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 13 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percentexpect to reduce their IT staff in the first six months of the year.
|New York IT Hiring Forecast||July – Dec.
|Jan. – June
|CIOs adding more staff to IT departments||12%||17%|
|CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles||63%||69%|
|CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold||20%||13%|
|CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff||6%||1%|
|Don’t know future hiring plans||1%||0%|
*Moving forward, the CIO survey will be conducted semi-annually versus quarterly. Numbers from 2013 are the average of responses for Q3 and Q4 2013.
**Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.
“Many companies plan to start new projects in the first half of 2014, which may result in increased IT hiring,” said Tom Borghesi, New York district president of Robert Half Technology. “Skilled IT talent is in demand for several initiatives, including Windows 7 migrations, Exchange migrations, and for companies developing web presence redesigns and mobile applications.”
The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The 2013 projections are based on an average of two separate CIO surveys conducted in the second and third quarters of 2013. In each of these surveys, 100 CIOs were asked about their hiring plans for the next three months. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan New York area. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.
In terms of recruiting, 64 percent of New York CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (20 percent), help desk/technical support (15 percent) and security (10 percent).
Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments
The survey results suggest that New York CIOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth and IT investments. Ninety-one percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the first six months of 2014. This compares to 87 percent in the last half of 2013.
Seventy percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the first half of 2014. This compares to 61 percent in the last six months of 2013.
Skills in Demand
Sixty-one percent of New York technology executives surveyed said that Windows administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Network administration and desktop support followed, with 60 percent and 56 percent of the response, respectively.