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Optimistic CIOs Plan More IT Hiring in Fourth Quarter

Optimistic CIOs Plan More IT Hiring in Fourth Quarter

A recent survey of a number of chief information officers (CIOs) found that there are more executives planning to hire more IT workers than those looking to cut stuff during the fourth quarter.

According to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index, 12 percent of CIOs surveyed are planning to bring on more IT professionals during the fourth quarter, while only 6 percent of respondents said they expected to scale back their number of workers.

ZDNet reports that while the hiring numbers reflect a relatively optimistic group of chief information officers, the fact remains that finding quality talent to fill available positions is becoming even harder. The Robert Half survey, for instance, found that 66 percent of CIOs felt their was a shortage of talented workers, an increase of 18 percent over the previous quarter.

Overall, though, 92 percent of CIOs expressed confidence that their businesses would experience growth over the next quarter, while 88 percent believed their companies would invest in IT projects during the fourth quarter, the survey found.

The optimism among CIOs is a positive sign for CFOs as well, as finance chiefs are beginning to take on more IT responsibilities in their day-to-day activities. In fact, many finance bosses are currently serving the dual role of CFO and CIO at their companies.