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March 5, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Survey: Seattle CIOs plan limited hiring in Q2

A new survey of chief information officers at Seattle area tech companies found relatively few plan to expand their departments during the second quarter of 2013. But they’re still investing in projects and seeing company growth.

Only 13 percent plan to add more staff to their IT departments this year, according to the survey by recruiting firm Robert Half Technology.

Sixty-seven percent of the CIOs plan to hire only for open IT roles, and 16 percent put hiring plans on hold. Three percent plan to reduce staff, and 1 percent are unsure.

Most companies are still investing, though — 72 percent of the CIOs are confident their companies will invest in IT projects in Q2.

In its first Seattle-specific study, Robert Half’s survey firm contacted more than 100 CIOs at companies with 100 or more employees.

These established companies also are working hard to find good tech workers — just like startups in the area.

About two-thirds (64 percent) of Seattle CIOs surveyed said that it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT pros. Finding database managers is hardest, and that’s the work in most demand for 51 percent of the CIOs.

Also in demand are network administrators and help desk/technical support people.

The survey found that CIOs are mostly upbeat about their businesses. It found that 84 percent of the CIOs are somewhat or very confident of their company’s Q2 growth prospects.

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