Phoenix CIOs Report on First-Quarter Hiring Outlook

December 2, 2008

PHOENIX, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — A net 11 percent of chief information
officers (CIOs) in the Phoenix area expect to hire information technology (IT)
professionals in the first quarter of 2009, according to the most recent
Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. Thirteen percent of
executives surveyed plan to add staff during the quarter and 2 percent
anticipate reductions in personnel. The net 11 percent increase is the same as
the area’s fourth-quarter 2008 forecast and three points above the national

The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on
interviews with 200 CIOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the
Phoenix area with 100 or more employees; 1,400 executives were queried for the
national data. (To view the national results, visit
http://www.rht.com/PressRoom.) The studies were conducted by an independent
research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of
IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half Technology has
been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

“Businesses remain cautious in their hiring outlook, recruiting IT staff
who can help them maximize the use of technology to improve efficiency,
achieve cost savings and gain a competitive edge,” said Katherine Spencer Lee,
executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Investments in Web 2.0
initiatives continue to generate demand in such areas as web development and
help desk.”

About the IT Hiring Index

First published in 1995, the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and
Skills Report was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on
more than 1,400 telephone interviews with CIOs from a random sample of U.S.
companies with 100 or more employees. For the study to be statistically
representative and ensure that companies from all segments were represented,
the sample was stratified by geographic region, industry and employee size.
The results were then weighted to reflect the proper proportions of employee
size within each region.

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 100 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a
leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis, for
initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration
to network security and technical support. For more information about Robert
Half Technology or to learn about online job search opportunities, please
visit http://www.rht.com.

SOURCE Robert Half Technology

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