June 4, 2015

Des Moines CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For Second Half Of 2015

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Increase in Year-Over-Year IT Hiring

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty percent of Des Moines-area technology executives recently surveyed expect to expand their information technology (IT) teams in the second half of 2015, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This is unchanged from the previous six months and up 6 percent from the same time period in 2014. In addition, 64 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 14 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the last six months of the year.

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    Des Moines IT
     Hiring Forecast*   July - Dec.   Jan. - June     July - Dec. 2015

                                 2014            2015
    ---                          ----            ----

    CIOs adding more
     staff to IT
     departments                  14%            20%                20%
    ----------------              ---             ---                 ---

    CIOs planning to
     hire only for open
     IT roles                     82%            77%                64%
    -------------------           ---             ---                 ---

    CIOs who plan to
     put IT hiring
     plans on hold                 4%             3%                14%
    ----------------              ---             ---                 ---

    CIOs who plan to
     reduce their IT
     staff                         1%             0%                 1%
    ----------------              ---             ---                 ---

    Don't know future
     hiring plans                  0%             0%                 1%
    -----------------             ---             ---                 ---

*Numbers may not total 100 percent due to rounding.


View an infographic of research highlights.

"Des Moines continues to be a highly competitive market for skilled IT professionals, particularly in the areas of web application development, security/risk management and quality assurance," said Stacey Singleton, Des Moines regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. "Application development projects, such as legacy application rewrites and big data ventures, are driving IT hiring considerably, thus prompting employers to move quickly or risk losing out on top talent."

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 chief information officers (CIOs) from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand

Recruiting still remains a challenge, as 65 percent of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. They also revealed the skills in greatest demand within their organizations, which include:

    --  Database management (65 percent)
    --  Network administration (63 percent)
    --  Desktop support (62 percent)

Addressing Recruiting Challenges

Seventy percent of survey respondents said they are taking action to address recruiting challenges for IT staff. The following is a breakdown of the steps they are taking:

    --  Increasing networking activities (51 percent)
    --  Hiring consultants to augment current staff (42 percent)
    --  Using recruiters or staffing firms (40 percent)
    --  Offering referral bonuses (35 percent)

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com. Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2015 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions.

Survey Methodology

The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in the United States. The margin of error is +/-1.6 percent at the 90 percent confidence level. 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.

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SOURCE Robert Half Technology