CIOs See Increases in Key Staff for 2013


Put the potential of falling off the fiscal cliff aside for a minute and you will discover some promising hiringnews in the tech sector according to CIOs and other technology managers.

According to the findings from a Robert Half Technology survey on hiring prospects for the first quarter of 2013, organizations are cautiously optimistic about the immediate future, and are ready to invest in additional IT staffing. 

Most C-suites recognize more than ever that CIOs and their departments remain critical in achieving profit-growth strategies. CIOs are successfully presenting the case that they need more staff with key skills including security, applications development and data management. In addition to staff increases, a significant percentage of senior IT managers expect greater investment in IT projects according to the report.


 The IT Hiring Index and Skills Report is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees. Executives are asked whether their companies plan to increase or decrease the number of full-time IT personnel on their staff during the coming quarter. The survey is conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology. Robert Half has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

Here are some of the key findings in the research:

1. About 17% of CIOs plan to add key staff to their IT departments in the first quarter of 2013, and 8% plan to reduce staffing.

2. A common recurring problem among CIOs is key talent acquisition as 63% of CIOs say it’s “somewhat” or “very” challenging to find skilled professionals.

3. According to CIOs the most challenging IT positions to fill are IT security professionals (14%), Applications developers (12%), and Data or database managers (12%).

4. CIOs ranked the following skills as the most in demand, Database management (48%), Network administration (47%),  and Web development or website design (33%)

5. CIOs from the following industries reported they are most likely to hire: Manufacturing (26%), Business services (14%), and Finance (12%).


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Bill has been a member of the technology and publishing industries for more than 25 years and brings extensive expertise to the roles of CEO, CIO, and Executive Editor. Most recently, Bill was COO and Co-Founder of and the parent company PSN Inc. Previously, Bill held the position of CTO of both Wiseads New Media and