Study reveals CIOs' upcoming hiring plans, skills demands
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Study reveals CIOs' upcoming hiring plans, skills demands

In the newest installment of the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, researchers estimate that more than half of IT industry executives plan to hire more workers during the second quarter of 2013, especially due to a need for workers with specific skill sets.

The report, based on responses from more than 2,300 interviews with IT industry leaders, found that 61 percent of CIOs plan to hire IT professionals within the next three months to fill current gaps in their departments. In addition, 14 percent of CIOs plan to add additional staff members during this period. Only two percent plan to make employee cuts.

While many CIOs were confident about heading into the second quarter, 70 percent of respondents told Robert Half that they are "somewhat" or "very" challenged when it comes to finding skilled workers to address their needs. 

"We continue to see strong demand for IT workers as companies increase their investment in technology initiatives, including security, data mining and mobile," said John Reed , senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Companies are finding it most challenging to recruit technology professionals in specialties such as network administration and database management."

Network administration and database management were not only the areas that CIOs report having the most difficulty hiring for – they are also the skills that these leaders find to be in the greatest demand. For IT industry workers with these skill sets, there may be some prime opportunities for employment open to them.

CIOs aren't only looking for workers with these network and data-management skills. A recent Linux Foundation study of 850 hiring managers and 2,600 Linux professionals found that the demand for Linux skills in 2013 is high. According to the data, 93 percent of hiring managers plan to hire Linux-literate IT professionals in the next six months, yet 90 percent of them also feel that filling positions for these experts is difficult. Of the Linux experts surveyed, 75 percent had received calls from recruiters within the last six months. 

The Linux Foundation's findings showed that demand for these skills among CIOs has grown since just last year. The 2012 research found 81 percent of IT hiring managers looking for Linux users, with 63 percent of them planning to hire more of these workers than in other skill areas.