Study: U.S. CIOs to Hire More IT Staff in Q2

SAN FRANCISCO (03/31/2000) - Good news for U.S. information technology professionals looking for new pastures: CIOs (chief information officers) are keen to hire more staff, according to a new study.

As companies move their businesses into the electronic commerce market, demand for IT professionals, including Web developers, e-commerce specialists and systems integrators is expected to grow in the second quarter of the year, according to the Information Technology Hiring Index, a quarterly study published by IT consulting firm RHI Consulting Inc.

Of the 1,400 U.S. CIOs polled, 26 percent said they plan on hiring more personnel in the next three months, while 2 percent expect staff reductions, RHI Consulting said today in a statement.

The survey stems from an independent poll of CIOs taken from a random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees, RHI Consulting said.

CIOs in companies located in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia foresee the strongest growth in hiring, with 34 percent expecting to increase employee headcount and 3 percent expecting to make job cuts, RHI Consulting said.

In New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont, polled CIOs expect a net increase of 28 percent in hiring, RHI Consulting said.

The study predicts that the business services industry will see the most growth in hiring activity, with 51 percent of CIOs polled saying they plan on adding staff and 5 percent expecting job cutbacks.

Nationally, those CIOs polled said they also expect a 29 percent increase in jobs for the transportation industry and 25 percent growth in the professional services industries, RHI Consulting said.

RHI Consulting, in New York City, can be contacted at +1-212-687-7072, or at http://www.rhic.com/.

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