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Industry Watch: Hiring Plans Still On Hold

In what will come as disappointing news for unemployed business-technology professionals, the hiring outlook remains lackluster through the rest of the year, according to professional-services firm Robert Half Technology. In its survey of 1,400 CIOs nationwide released last week, 85% say they expect no change to their IT staff sizes in the fourth quarter. In fact, planned staff reductions are up slightly from a survey conducted three months ago.

In the most recent survey, 9% of CIOs say they plan to expand their IT departments, and 4% anticipate staff reductions, for a net hiring increase of 5%. In the survey that forecasted third-quarter hiring, the net increase was 7%. Busi- nesses are still looking for signs of sustained economic growth before making full-time hiring decisions, says Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director at Robert Half.

CIOs in East South Central states (Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee) were the most bullish on hiring, with a net 12% increase, followed by the mid-Atlantic region (New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania), with a net 11% increase. Interest was particularly strong in finance, insurance, professional services, real estate, and retail, and Microsoft Windows administration is the most-in-demand skill.

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