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Survey: CIOs Are Gearing Up To Hire Windows, Networking, And Database Specialists

The skills in most demand were for Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 administration.
Chief information officers across the U.S. are planning to add full-time IT staff in the second quarter as they gear up for a hiring process that is the second highest since the third quarter of 2002, according to a survey of CIOs released Tuesday.

The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report found that 14% of CIOs interviewed are planning to add to their IT staffs while just 2% are planning to reduce staff, setting the stage for a 12% hiring gain. Robert Half Technology received responses from more than 1,400 CIOs in organizations with more than 100 employees.

The skills in most demand were for Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 administration, which was cited by 73% of the CIOs. Ranked next in demand were skills in network administration, including for Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks, and Novell; 62% of the respondents mentioned that skill set. Also in demand are specialists in database management for Oracle, SQL Server, and DB2.

"In the case of high-demand skill sets such as Windows administration and database management, experienced IT professionals often are receiving multiple job offers," said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a statement.

Note: Survey respondents could list more than one in-demand job category