Technology executives expect information technology hiring to increase in the first quarter of 2013, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report.
In Colorado Springs web developers are in hot demand, said Jason Moyes, Robert Half Technology, Colorado Springs division director. Robert Half is a staffing agency that specializes in high-tech jobs.
He’s been recruiting web development professionals for companies who are switching business applications to web based – jobs that pay from $80,000 to $120,000, he said.
“I spend 50 or 60 hours in the market trying to find the best candidates,” he said. “It’s going to get tougher than ever.”
Moyes has recruited IT professionals from across the country to fill jobs in the Springs and with IT firms looking to beef up their staffs in 2013, the competition is about to heat up, he said.
“I would say to employers, speed up the hiring process, make the positions more attractive and pay what the market is paying,” he said.
In the quarterly survey, 17 percent of chief information officers said they plan to expand their IT departments, and 8 percent expect cutbacks, for a net 9 percent projected increase in hiring activity. This is up six points from the previous quarter’s projections. Seventy-five percent of CIOs plan to maintain their current staffing levels.
“CIOs report higher demand for IT professionals in the first quarter, especially for those with skills in hot areas such as applications development and IT security,” said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. “In the new year, we often see increased hiring as firms’ budgets for 2013 have been approved and they are able to hire additional personnel.”
Jobs sure to be in demand include IT security professionals, applications development professionals and data and database management professionals. Sixty-three percent of CIOs said it’s challenging to find skilled professionals today, up nine points from the previous quarter.