A new report shows 25 percent of Indianapolis-area chief information officers surveyed plan to expand IT teams this year. That marks an 11 percent increase, compared to the previous six-month period.

June 25, 2014

News Release

Indianapolis, Ind. — The just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Indianapolis shows that 25 percent of Indianapolis-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2014. This is up 11 points compared to projections from the previous six-month period (January – June 2014). Another 70 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 5 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and none expects to reduce their IT staff in the second half of the year.

“Demand continues to grow for developers in Indianapolis, especially those with expertise in .NET and SQL,” said Jill Crowe, Indianapolis regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. “Many employers are focused on implementation and migration projects that are driving IT hiring across the board, most notably within the manufacturing and distribution industries.”

The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook. The surveys were developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan Indianapolis area. 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.

Recruiting Challenges

In terms of recruiting, 69 percent of Indianapolis CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of applications development (22 percent), networking (18 percent) and security (14 percent).

Confidence in Business Growth and IT Investments

The survey results suggest that Indianapolis CIOs are optimistic about their companies' growth and IT investments. Eighty-eight percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014. This compares to 92 percent in the first half of the year.

Sixty-three percent of CIOs also said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the second half of 2014. This compares to 70 percent in the first six months of the year.

Skills in Demand

Fifty-nine percent of Indianapolis technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and database management followed, with 56 percent and 55 percent of the response, respectively.

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 rht.com. Follow Robert Half Technology at twitter.com/RobertHalfTech or visit our technology blog at blog.rht.com.

Source: Robert Half International

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