A survey of metro Detroit CIOs produced some positive results in the IT
field and it seems as if there should be some hiring in the future.
"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
areas such as web development and help desk."
Lee added that a growing number of companies need IT personnel to
support systems upgrades. Seventeen percent of CIOs polled cited this
as the primary factor behind their technology hiring plans for the
first quarter, up from 7 percent projected for the fourth quarter of
2008. Information systems security also is driving more IT hiring
quarter over quarter: 12 percent of CIOs seek more IT personnel to
support this area, compared to 7 percent last quarter. The need for
professionals who can install or develop new enterprise-wide
applications has decreased, cited by 11 percent of CIOs for the first
quarter of 2009, compared to 21 percent projected last quarter.
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