Survey Finds Small Increase in Fourth Quarter IT Jobs

By Larry Barrett (Send Email)
Posted Oct 15, 2010


When it comes to IT jobs in fourth quarter 2010, the glass half empty vs. half full model holds true. Last month, CIOUpdate.com reported results of a survey that found the majority of CIOs optimistic about the fourth quarter. Close to 10 percent revealing plans to add new IT workers while 6 percent said they planned to cut staff.


A recent survey found CIOs planning to add a minuscule net increase in jobs in the fourth quarter. With 6 percent planning to cut and 9 percent looking to add, the IT job outlook remains far from rosy.

CIOs at leading technology companies are planning to increase their headcount in the fourth quarter, but not at a rate that suggests the industry is anywhere near ready for bounds of prodigious proportions.

According to a survey of executives by employment staffing and consulting services firm Robert Half International, tech companies will hire new employees at roughly half the pace of other industries as the combination of flagging sales, economic upheaval in parts of Europe and the inability to find qualified IT specialists conspire to stymie tech jobs growth in the U.S.

The survey polled executives at 4,000 U.S. companies across a variety of industries. Overall, RHI reports that a net 6 percent of companies (derived from subtracting the percentage of companies laying off or not hiring new employees from the percentage of those that plan to add headcount in the quarter) are bringing new hires into the fold.

Business services (up 16 percent), manufacturing (8 percent), professional services (5 percent) and retail (5 percent) are leading the charge, a trend that's to be expected leading up to and through the holiday shopping season.

Read "CIOs Predict Modest Increase in 4Q New Hires " at CIOUpdate.com.

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