Companies Slow to Hire IT Staff

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Feb 19, 2010

With 2010 barely under way, hiring trends are already looking brighter than they were a year ago. The hiring process itself remains slow and well-rounded candidates are in demand. CIO Update reports.

When it comes to hiring for an IT job, diverse skill sets are in demand, as are the usual suspects.

Often, for managers the start of the new year is a time to reassess staffing needs. For many, 2010 may mean the return to hiring. The most recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found that 7 percent of CIOs plan to add IT staff in the first quarter of 2010, and 4 percent expect workforce reductions. The net 3 percent increase is the strongest forecast since the first quarter of 2009.

While the results are promising, executives are taking a slow and steady approach to hiring. Companies remain cautious and are adding employees only after careful evaluation. Here are other key recruiting trends for 2010:

The Need for Diversified Skills - Companies are looking for jack-of-all-trades candidates who can adapt to changing business priorities and who are skilled in multiple technology specialties. By hiring these individuals, firms can cover varied needs within their departments in the face of limited budgets. Forty-three percent (43%) of CIOs surveyed by our company report being understaffed in relation to current workloads, reinforcing the value of bringing in individuals who can have the greatest impact.

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