Survey: 21 percent of Philadelphia IT execs plan hires in second half

A Robert Half Technology survey released today found that 21 percent of Philadelphia-area technology executives anticipate expanding their IT teams in the second half of this year.

Additionally, 68 percent plan to fill only currently open IT positions, 9 percent plan to place a hold on hiring and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT support staff in the last six months of 2015, the survey found. These figures represent a three-point increase from the previous six-month period and a seven-point increase from the same time period in 2014.

The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report based its predictions on information provided by over 2,500 chief information officers from 25 U.S. markets.

"Desktop and tablet rollouts, mobile apps and applications development are all projects that are driving IT hiring in Philadelphia," Robert Half Technology Regional Manager Tim Mullane said. "IT hiring is particularly strong in the health care, software, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries."

Job recruiting is currently a challenge for 60 percent of CIOs, as IT skills are in high demand. Survey respondents cited that the top priorities are in desktop support, database management and Windows administration. Additionally, 72 percent said they are acting on addressing placement needs by increasing networking opportunities, using staffing recruitment resources, offering referral bonuses and hiring consultants to expand staff.

Robert Half Technology provides professionals for web development, multi-platform systems integration, network security and technical support.

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