CIOs anticipate hiring slowdown in first quarter

US CIOs expect a slowdown in IT hiring in the first quarter, according to a national poll of more than 1,400 CIOs by Menlo Park, Calif.-based RHI Consulting Inc. Despite the 11 percent net increase in hiring that's expected for the quarter, the figures are still four percentage points below the prior quarter's forecast and the lowest increase in the survey's seven-year history.

CIOs in the finance, insurance and real estate industries are the most optimistic about hiring activity during the first three months of the year. Twenty-two percent expect to add staff, while 3 percent foresee personnel reductions, for a net hiring increase of 19 percent.

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