July 3, 2014
A newly released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report shows that 14% of Canadian chief information officers (CIOs) plan to expand their teams in the last half of 2014.
This represents a two-point increase from the previous survey. Another 67% expect to hire only for open IT roles, compared to 74% in the first six months of the year, a seven-point decrease. Upwards of 17 % of technology executives plan to put their hiring on hold through the rest of the year, while only 1% expects to reduce their IT staffing levels.
“The second half of 2014 will continue to be a busy time for hiring within many IT departments, with a focus on adding skilled technology professionals for either newly created or existing open positions,” said Deborah Bottineau, Senior Regional Manager of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.
“Though confidence is strong regarding the need for technology staff, finding the required specialized talent is expected to be the most challenging when filling positions in the areas of networking, security and applications development.”
The hiring projections for the first half and second half of 2014 are based on interviews with more than 270 CIOs in major