Washington, D.C. CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans And Top Priorities For First Half Of 2017


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“Security and System Upgrades Top [Concerns] for Local Technology Leaders.

Sixteen percent of Washington, D.C.-area technology executives surveyed recently expect to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2017, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

In addition, 68 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 12 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 4percent expect to reduce their IT staffing levels in the first six months of the year. Hiring is not all technology leaders are thinking about, as 32 percent named maintaining the security of their IT systems and safeguarding company information as their most top-of-mind concern for the first half of 2017, while upgrading existing systems for business efficiency followed with 24 percent of the response.

Top Concerns for CIOs
To further understand the priorities of CIOs in Washington, D.C., for the upcoming year, they were asked, “In addition to recruitment, which of the following do you anticipate will be top-of-mind for you in the next six months?” Their responses:

  • Maintaining security of IT systems/safeguarding company information (32 percent)
  • Upgrading existing systems (24 percent)
  • Investing in new technologies (17 percent)
  • Helping grow the business (13 percent)
  • Staff retention (13 percent)

“New applications development and web projects are driving hiring locally, particularly in the service, nonprofit and healthcare sectors,” said Chris Brinkman, regional manager for Robert Half Technology in Washington, D.C. “In the capital region, specifically, there is a wait-and-see mentality following the election, which is impacting government contracting companies, as well as other service companies tied to the government. But we’re expecting to see demand remain strong for tech talent in 2017 — especially for hard-to-find professionals like project managers and application developers.”

Washington, D.C. IT Hiring Forecast

Jan.–June 2017

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments


CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles


CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold


CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff


Don’t know future hiring plans


Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Recruiting Challenges & Skills in Demand
Hiring challenges remain, as 64 percent of CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. The skills in greatest demand within their organizations, according to respondents, include:

  • Database management (47 percent)
  • Network administration (43 percent)
  • Cybersecurity (43 percent)”






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