Enterprise Mobility Driving CIO Hiring Needs

More Chief Information Officers across the U.S. are looking to hire or fill vacant roles in the second half of 2017 than those who did so in first half of the year, but skill level remains an issue and security needs are paramount.

In a new study released by Robert Half Technology, an IT recruiting firm, 21% of surveyed CIOs said they expect to add full-time members to their teams, a five-percent increase over the first half of 2017. Sixty-four percent of those respondents said they plan to fill currently vacant positions.

But nearly two-thirds of CIOs – 63% – admitted it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled technology professionals in the current market. The skills most desired, according to those CIOs, include database management; Windows administration; desktop support; network administration; and wireless network management.

The top three initiatives leading to tech hiring, according to the survey, include:

  • Digital marketing (25%)
  • Cloud or big data (24%)
  • Mobile (18%)

The biggest markets for need include New York, Dallas, Salt Lake City, Houston, and Los Angeles.

As previously reported by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, the Information Technology industry is expected to grow by 12-percent through 2024, a larger jump than any other job occupation with the expectation of 488,500 new jobs over the course of a decade.

That report, based on information from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, are due to “greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, more everyday items becoming connected to the Internet in what is commonly referred to as ‘Internet of Things,’ and the continued demand  for mobile computing.”

Some IT sectors are growing faster than can be filled, however, including cyber security, where as of mid-2016 there were a total of 348,975 cyber security job openings across the country needing to be filled.

Mobile security will be the focus of Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s Security East event in Miami this October 10 and 11. The two-day, agenda-focused meeting will include speakers and attendees from higher education, government, financial services, and logistics industries, among others in a closed-door setting with the opportunity to network and benchmark with industry leaders. Onsite solution providers will also be in attendance to learn from end users and share information about their products.

Find out more about Enterprise Mobility Exchange: Security East here.