The Top Ten U.S. Cities for Growth in IT Hiring

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2016-01-21 Email

A significant share of CIOs in cities throughout the United States said they expect to continue expanding their IT department staffing in 2016, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The resulting "IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" indicates that fewer CIOs plan to hire only for vacant tech positions (keeping staffing size as is) in the first half of 2016, when compared with six months ago. Meanwhile, only 2 percent plan to reduce the number of IT department employees. As for the most highly sought skills? Desktop support, database administration and network administration top the list. "Organizations have spent the past few years building core technology teams that can keep pace with rapid marketplace changes, resulting in an industry that's near full employment," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Hiring remains steady, and there is particularly strong demand for staff and consultants to complete short-term projects, implementations and upgrades." As an added bonus, Robert Half Technology has come up with the following ranking of top cities for IT staffing growth, and we've included those here. (You may be surprised to discover that the No. 1 metro area isn't San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington, Boston, Austin or other traditional tech meccas.) More than 2,500 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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