- More than 20% of U.S. CIOs say they plan to hire additional full-time IT workers in the second half of 2017, according to a new survey from Robert Half Technology. That's up five-percentage-points from Robert Half's report from the first half of 2017. The report was based on a survey of 2,500 CIOs.
- New businesses entering their markets was cited as the greatest contributing factor to IT hiring for nearly one-third of respondents. New York was the top city where CIOs reported IT job growth driven by new business, followed by Dallas, Salt Lake City, Houston and Los Angeles.
- Competition for IT workers remains fierce: over 60% of IT executive respondents said it's "somewhat or very challenging" to find skilled technology professionals today.
The economy appears to be booming once again, and tech is a primary force behind it.
While we're used to seeing big demand for IT workers in San Francisco, Seattle and Austin, growing demand in cities like L.A., Dallas and Salt Lake City indicates technology is becoming a pillar for more types of businesses.
The downside? All that competition for tech workers pushes IT salaries up and makes it tough for businesses that need IT workers to maintain personnel budgets. As a result, more companies are hiring fulltime IT workers for select positions only and looking to gig workers for short-term projects.