Only 8 per cent of CIOs planning to expand IT teams in fourth quarter

22 per cent putting hiring plans on hold: Survey
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/09/2013

Eight per cent of Canadian CIOs plans to expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to a Robert Half Technology survey. This compares to nine per cent in the previous quarter.

In addition, 69 per cent of CIOs plan to hire only for open IT roles, 22 per cent expect to put hiring plans on hold and one per cent plan to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter, found the survey of more than 270 CIOs.

Four-fifths (82 per cent) of the respondents said they are somewhat or very confident about their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter, and 53 per cent said they are somewhat or very confident their firms will invest in IT projects in the fourth quarter.

"The hiring climate for IT professionals is stable, and while IT hiring managers remain selective when hiring, they need to move fast to acquire top talent in hot specialty areas such as Windows administration, networking and desktop support," said Megan Slabinski, Canadian president of Robert Half Technology. "With more than eight in 10 CIOs surveyed indicating that they are confident with their companies' growth prospects for the fourth quarter, retention also continues to be a focus area."

Canadian IT hiring forecast

Q3

Q4

CIOs planning to add more staff to IT departments

9%

8%

CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles

65%

69%

CIOs planning to put IT hiring plans on hold

23%

22%

CIOs planning to reduce their IT staff

2%

1%

Don't know future hiring plans

1%

1%

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