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IT Leaders Prioritizing Security in Tech Hiring, Robert Half Finds

As security, cloud and digital projects in U.S. companies expand, so does the need for…

  • July 21, 2018

As security, cloud and digital projects in U.S. companies expand, so does the need for skilled tech professionals to support them. According to Robert Half Technology’s latest research on the state of tech hiring, six out of 10 (60 percent) IT hiring decision makers plan to expand the size of their teams between now and the end of the year.

Top cities where companies plan to staff up their tech teams:

  1. Miami
  2. Detroit
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Phoenix
  5. Charlotte

When asked to describe their top concerns, keeping IT systems and company information safe ranked first, followed by investing in new technologies, upgrading business systems for efficiency, and innovation. Further, tech leaders in 21 of the 26 major metropolitan areas included in the study listed security as their biggest priority, after recruitment.

What skill sets do tech hiring decision makers want most for their teams? Survey respondents cited cybersecurity and cloud security (tied for first), followed by cloud computing and cloud architecture, as the most desired areas of expertise.

“Business needs surrounding security, cloud and digital transformation are outpacing the supply of talent, and technology leaders are facing difficulties staffing open roles,” said Jeff Weber, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Employers should be discerning about what skills are must-haves versus what can be trained for on the job and move quickly with offers when they meet strong candidates.”

Additionally, it seems tech professionals are willing to relocate for opportunities: More than eight in 10 tech leaders (81 percent) said they are seeing more tech talent move to their cities for career opportunities.

Top cities where leaders are seeing tech talent relocate for career opportunities:

  1. Dallas
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Houston
  5. Miami

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