Trending: the demand for IT professionals continues

A few weeks ago we published a story on Council Global Lead Partner Oracle's innovative strategy to provide a high-tech education program for high school students — as a way to help fill the talent gap in technology professions. A recently released report says company technology executives in many cities are planning to add IT professionals to their staffs during the first half of 2018, as they've done in the last six months of this year. We wanted to share some report highlights to give cities a heads up about the hiring trend and the specialized areas of expertise most in demand. — Doug Peeples


The demand for skilled IT professionals is showing no signs of slowing down, according to a recently released report.

The report from Robert Half Technology, a company that places technology professionals, is based on a survey of chief information officers on their hiring plans over the next six months. 21% of those CIOs surveyed said they planned to add to their full-time technology staffs, up 5% from this time last year.

"Technology leaders hope to get ahead on critical initiatives such as cybersecurity projects or digital upgrades in the new year by bringing on more professionals with specialized skills," said Robert Half senior executive director John Reed in a company news release.

The top priority for CIOs? IT system security and protecting company information. The skills in greatest demand include database management, desktop support, telecommunications support, wireless network management and business intelligence and reporting services.

And not surprisingly, 61% of CIOs surveyed said it is "somewhat or very challenging" to find employees with the skills they need.

Where they're hiring
According to the report, the top-ranked cities where CIOs are hiring are San Diego, Atlanta, New York City, Austin, Charlotte, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Miami, Cleveland, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.

Doug Peeples is a Portland, Oregon-based writer specializing in technology and energy. Follow @smartccouncil on Twitter.