Challenges remain in IT hiring, survey suggests
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Challenges remain in IT hiring, survey suggests

When a company is doing any IT planning, it is critical that administrators consider not only leveraging the most advanced technologies, but the best experts as well. If organizations invest in both these critical aspects, they will be likely to gain all the advantages inherent in the solutions they deploy. However, as many of today's business leaders have learned, it can be a challenge to find these skilled workers.

IT expertise in high demand
According to the recently released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, many firms are looking to bring in new technologically savvy staff members. Of the more than 2,300 CIOs surveyed, 56 percent of respondents said they plan to hire to fill open IT roles in the third quarter of 2013. Meanwhile, just 12 percent of IT leaders expect that they will expand the department in terms of staffing.

The research firm noted that while most CIOs (85 percent) are anticipating growth in the coming quarter, they are acutely aware of how difficult it can be at times to find professionals who have the skills they need most in today's competitive business environment.

"Finding candidates in hot specialty areas such as networking, database management and help desk support continues to be a challenge for many companies," said John Reed , senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Nearly seven in 10 CIOs surveyed cited current recruiting difficulties. Many firms are increasing their focus on retention because good candidates can be hard to find."

Network administration and database management shared the top spot as the most in-demand skill sets, with 55 percent of CIOs reporting that they are looking for these abilities in applicants. Desktop support wasn't far behind at 54 percent. 

Gartner recently noted that CFOs are also interested in expanding their business' stable of solutions. The research firm found that 15 of the 19 enterprise processes that these executives felt require better technology support would be addressed by modern data analytics, business intelligence (BI) and performance management solutions. These most pressing concerns included improving analytical capabilities and decision-making (59 percent), monitoring performance (50 percent), and collaboration and knowledge management (45 percent). 

The source stressed that when it comes to companies' information technology implementation, CFOs are playing a more active and critical role in determining how funds are allocated. However, it is crucial that they work with in-house IT experts, including the CIO, to make strong choices that will actually address the enterprise's unique needs. 

In order to get the most out of their IT solutions, today's enterprise leaders must look at their requirements from all angles. The technologies alone cannot solve all of a firm's problems, so it is critical that even if hiring IT workers continues to prove challenging, businesses get the help they need. One excellent option is to work with professional IT consultants, who can provide the tools and knowledge needed for strong results. This way, the firm will be able to maximize the ROI received from these important tools.