Seven In Ten Corporate CIOs See Job Market Improving In The Next Coming Year

FRAMINGHAM, MA – SEPTEMBER 2, 2004 – In a survey conducted by CIO magazine during the recent CIO 100 Symposium, seventy percent of chief information officers (CIOs) report they expect the information technology (IT) labor market to improve in the coming year. Eight percent (8%) expect the IT job market to get worse, while 22% anticipate no change. When asked about industry-wide IT staff cuts during the past recession, nearly half (49%) of CIOs surveyed believe the amount was just right. However, many (43%) believe the number of layoffs were excessive. Almost half of survey respondents (49%) expect outsourcing to increase at their organizations in the coming year.

“The high percentage of CIOs expecting to hire in the coming year is more validation that the recovery in IT is well underway and should continue despite temporary dips and lulls,” says Gary Beach, Group Publisher of CIO magazine. “I believe the most interesting figure is the high number of respondents who think IT employee cuts were excessive. I would expect that number to increase as companies try and ramp up to take advantage of new opportunities and find they lack the experienced staff to do so.”

The survey also finds that CIOs consider mid-level workers among the IT employees in greatest demand (73%). Nearly one-quarter (23%) of future IT employees are expected to come from the United States (23%) followed by India (20%). Respondents also report the CIO makes the final decision regarding outsourcing in most cases (56%) followed by the chairman or CEO (21%).

About the CIO IT Labor Survey

Results were compiled from attendees at the CIO 100 Symposium produced by CIO magazine and held on August 22-24 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attendees filled out six staffing-related questions as part of a larger demographic survey. The number of respondents are 205 and the margin of error is +/- 6.9%. All results were submitted anonymously.

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