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Report shows net 3 percent increase in IT hiring

Posted on March 7th, 2012 Read time: 1 minutes

Despite the U.S. economy's struggles, some sectors remain optimistic about hiring. For instance, a recent study from Robert Half found that information technology hiring is expected to increase into the second quarter of 2012.

The staffing firm's IT Hiring Index and Skills Report revealed that 8 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) said they planned to expand their IT departments with more full-time, part-time and temporary workers, compared to just 5 percent who expect cutbacks.

While this 3 percent net gain is promising, it is down seven points from the net 10 percent increase in hiring activity projected during Q1 2012.

"Although hiring in the second quarter isn't expected to be as robust as it was at the beginning of the year, the trend remains positive," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Those in hot specialties, such as networking and IT security, will continue to be in strong demand."

Other findings from the study include that 87 percent of those polled felt "somewhat" or "very" optimistic about their companies' growth prospects over the next three months, while 77 percent displayed confidence in their firms' Q2 IT project investments.

This growth echoes an earlier study from the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, which projected that IT occupations would "be at the leading edge" of job growth through 2016, Dice.com reports.

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