Austin ranks fourth on a new list of U.S. cities where technology hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018.
Twenty-five percent of chief information officers surveyed in Austin said they plan to add full-time tech professionals to their teams in the first half of the year, according to a hiring and local trend report by Robert Half Technology, a staffing company.
“The hiring environment for technology professionals in Austin is expected to remain strong throughout 2018,” said Tim Matteson, branch manager for Robert Half Technology in Austin. “Contributing to the growth is the expansion of local interactive agencies, startups and healthcare companies. With tech unemployment numbers at record lows, the demand for local talent is very high.”
In addition to the forecast of 25 percent hiring growth, 49 percent of Austin CIOs said they expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles.
Meanwhile, 53 percent of Austin CIOs said it’s challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today’s market. The skills in greatest demand in their organizations, they said, include:
1. Wireless network management (48 percent)
2. Network administration (45 percent)
3. Database management (45 percent)
When asked to about their top priority for the next six months, 21 percent of CIO respondents said they will be focused on maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information.
Here are the report’s Top 12 cities for tech hiring:
1. San Diego
3. New York
5. Charlotte, North Carolina
8. Des Moines, Iowa
12. Salt Lake City
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