IT Staffing Report: Nov. 7, 2013

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TEKsystems survey finds IT spending to grow

Information technology leaders expect increased spending in 2014, more hiring and salary increases, according to TEKsystems’ annual survey of IT leaders.

Information technology leaders expect IT spending to grow. A survey of IT leaders by TEKsystems found that 62 percent expect their organizations’ IT budgets to grow. That’s up from a similar survey last year which und that only 48 percent expected IT budgets to grow.

And 81 percent expect salaries to increase, up from 55 percent last year.

Also according to the survey, contingent workers comprise approximately one in four IT personnel. The hiring rate for each type of worker is expected to grow at nearly the same rate with 47 percent of IT leaders expecting the number of permanent hires to increase compared to 46 percent of IT leaders expecting temporary hires to increase. Programmers and developers, architects, and software engineers were the most difficult IT roles to find.

“In comparison to last year, IT leaders have significantly shifted their outlooks to be positive overall in IT budget allocations as well as their expectations for hiring and salary increases,” said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. “Most interesting is that there seems to be greater demand for the core skill sets of programming and application development and software engineering. IT leaders indicate exceptional talent has become harder to find in these areas and have adjusted their salary strategies accordingly.”

TEKsystems polled nearly 900 IT leaders (CIOs, IT vice presidentss, IT directors, IT hiring managers) in September on the current state of IT spending, skills needs and workforce issues as well as expectations for 2014. TEKsystems, part of the Allegis Group, is the largest IT staffing firm in the United States.

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