Menlo Park, Calif. — Sept. 12

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 •  92 percent of CIOs are confident in their companies' growth prospects in the next three months, up five points from last quarter.


•   88 percent of technology executives rated the  confidence of their firms investing in IT projects in the fourth quarter a 3 or
higher on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the most optimistic. 

•  IT security and networking professionals are in greatest demand right now, according to survey respondents.

•  Two-thirds (66 percent) of CIOs said it's challenging to find skilled professionals today, up 18 points from the
previous quarter.

"CIOs are optimistic but are being careful not to overload their teams with too many projects, given the challenging recruiting
environment," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Right now, companies are focused on the 'need-to-have' projects that can
enhance security, streamline processes or generate revenue."

Confidence in Business Growth and IT
Investments

Ninety-two percent of CIOs reported being at least somewhat confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the fourth quarter of
2011; 39 percent rated the probability of investing in IT projects a 4 or higher on a 5-point scale, with 5 being the most optimistic.

Skills in Demand

The functional areas in which executives say the greatest challenge in finding skilled IT professionals are security (18 percent) and
networking (17 percent). Data/database management and help desk/technical support followed, each with 11 percent. 

Network administration remains the skill set in greatest demand, cited by 63 percent of CIOs. Desktop
management ranked second, with 50 percent of the response, followed by desktop support at 43 percent.

Regional Outlook
CIOs in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country plan the most IT hiring in the fourth quarter,
with a net 13 percent of executives anticipating adding IT staff.

Industries Hiring
Executives in the transportation industry expect the most IT hiring in the fourth quarter. A net 18 percent of CIOs in this sector plan to expand their IT departments.

This was followed by the business services industry with a net 12 percent of technology leaders
anticipating hiring increases. Manufacturing and wholesale were next, with a net 10 percent and 9 percent, respectively, of executives in these industries
planning to add staff.