Troy-based Robert Half Technology today announced its Information Technology Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, which indicated 20 percent of surveyed Michigan CIOs plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams in the first half of 2018. This represents a 4 percent increase compared to a year ago.
The report also shows an additional 67 percent of respondents expect to maintain their staff levels by filling empty IT roles.
“As local businesses expand and more companies move to Detroit, demand for skilled technology professionals remains steady,” says Jelina Aoun, regional vice president for Robert Half Technology. “Proprietary applications and software platform application enhancements are driving demand for .NET, BI, and full-stack developers, particularly within the insurance, banking, automotive, and software industries.”
Additionally, the report indicates that 63 percent of local CIOs say it’s hard to find skilled IT professionals in the current market. The skills in greatest demand within the surveyed organizations include: wireless network management, telecommunications, and mobile development.
Among the respondents, 26 percent say maintaining the security of IT systems and safeguarding company information will be their top priority, with others including innovation, upgrading existing systems, investing in new technologies, and staff retention.
Robert Half Technology operates more than 100 locations worldwide and provides technology professionals with from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm.