Robert Half Technology published it's 3rd quarter "IT Hiring Index and Skills Report" this week and in Philadelphia, we found good results, but not quite as good as a year ago. For the 3rd quarter of 2006, 16% of surveyed CIOs in the Philadelphia region planned to add IT staff, while 2% planned to cut IT staff. In this 3rd quarter survey for 2007, 18% planned to add IT staff, and 8% planned to cut IT staff. The difference being a net uptick of 14% in Q3 2006, with a slightly reduced 10% uptick forecasted for Q3 of 2007.
What has remained consistent though, is that the skillset most in demand is that of Windows Server Administrator, cited by 79% of executives polled for the Q3 survey in 2006, and the same percentage in Q3 in 2007.
Philadelphia lags the national numbers where 17% of CIOs foresee hiring IT staff and only 2% plan to cut back, for a net addition of 15%, compared to Philadelphia's net positive 10% for the quarter.
Despite the less than stellar increase, the bottom line is that Philadelphia is still hiring IT, aggressively.