CIOs discuss hiring for Atlanta finance jobs

CIOs across the city are busy planning to hire for Atlanta finance jobs.

Nine percent of Atlanta-area chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

Sixty-three percent plan to hire only for open IT roles in the upcoming quarter, 20 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 5 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the fourth quarter.

The IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report 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. The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. In order for the study to ensure that companies from all segments were represented, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were then weighted to reflect the proper number of employees in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

Seventy-two percent of Atlanta CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. It is most challenging to find skilled talent in the functional areas of networking (21 percent), security (13 percent) and data/database management (11 percent).

The survey results suggest that Atlanta CIOs are optimistic about their companies’ growth and IT investments. Eighty-seven percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of 2013. This is the same as the previous quarter.

Fifty-six percent of the Atlanta technology executives surveyed said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Database management and desktop support followed, both with 52 percent of the response.