TORONTO-Technology executives expect more information technology (IT) hiring activity in the second quarter of 2011, according to a new hiring report.
The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report says 20 per cent of the 270 chief information officers (CIOs) polled plan to expand their IT departments.
Just three per cent expect cutbacks, for a net 17 per cent increase in hiring.
Seventy-two per cent of CIOs reported being at least somewhat optimistic their organization would invest in IT projects in the coming quarter.
Executives suggest their greatest challenge will be finding skilled IT professionals for help desks and technical support and database management areas.
Network administration remains the skill set in greatest demand, cited by 70 per cent of CIOs. Windows administration ranked second, with 67 per cent of the response, followed by database management at 64 per cent and desktop support at 63 per cent.
The business services and professional services sector each lead all industries in hiring expectations.
Technology executives in these sectors anticipate strong hiring activity, each forecasting a net 28 per cent increase.