A study from Robert Half Technology surveyed more than 100 CIOs from companies in the Seattle area with 100 or more employees. Results show that 80 percent of those CIOs will be making hires for IT positions in their respective companies in the second quarter of 2013.
While only 13 percent of those will be actually adding more staff to IT departments, 67 percent will hire for currently open IT jobs. Only three percent said they plan to reduce their IT staff.
“With an extremely low unemployment rate for tech professionals, companies are recognizing that they need to move fast to secure top IT talent, especially in the areas of development, help desk and desktop support,” Ester Frey, Seattle regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, said in a press release.
Frey noted that the strongest hiring activity is in the healthcare, e-commerce and professional services sectors.
The study also found that 64 percent of Seattle’s CIOs say it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals. Also, database management is the skill set in greatest demand within IT departments, with desktop support and network administration following.
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