Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Atlanta CIOs Forecast Increase in First-Quarter Hiring

/PRNewswire/ -- A net 8 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) in the Atlanta area expect to hire information technology (IT) professionals in the first quarter of 2009, according to the most recent Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. Eleven percent of executives surveyed plan to add staff during the quarter and 3 percent anticipate reductions in personnel. The net 8 percent increase is up two points from the area's fourth-quarter 2008 forecast.

The local results reflect a two-quarter rolling average based on interviews with 200 CIOs from a stratified random sample of companies in the Atlanta area with 100 or more employees; 1,400 executives were queried for the national data. (To view the national results, visit http://www.rht.com/PressRoom.) The studies were conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis. Robert Half Technology has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

"Businesses remain cautious in their hiring outlook, recruiting IT staff who can help them maximize the use of technology to improve efficiency, achieve cost savings and gain a competitive edge," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Investments in Web 2.0 initiatives continue to generate demand in such areas as web development and help desk."

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