IT Hiring and Staffing Holding Steady

Only 8% of CIOs anticipate adding IT personnel in the second quarter of 2009, but only 6% plan staff reductions in the next three months, according to the latest Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report. The net 2% hiring increase compares with a net 8% increase projected last quarter. The majority of…

Is Your IT Job Safe in 2009?

If you’re in a hard-hit sector like retail or financial, start updating that resume. Even if you’re in a relatively safe sector, such as energy, the changing nature of IT may very well mean that, at the very least, you’ll need to modernize your skill set. The only workers who shouldn’t lose sleep are those…

Dire Staffing and Salary Predictions for 2009

Janco Associates has just released its January 2009 IT Salary Survey and the prospects look grim for IT professionals. A perfect storm driven by the recent worldwide economic downturn, company closures, layoffs, cost cutting, outsourcing, and retirees who have had to return to the job market because of the lost value of their investment portfolios…

How to Motivate Employees in Today’s Economy

In today’s economy, keeping people motivated can be particularly challenging as workers feel less secure about their jobs and financial stability. That’s why now is the time for leaders to move their efforts to reassure and inspire staff into high gear. This doesn’t necessarily mean bringing in motivational speakers, but it does require being sensitive…

Memo to CIOs: Keep Your Employees Happy

Improving enterprise performance starts with our employees. Overtaxed employees eventually begin looking for a different job in hopes of a better environment, and all too often, the cycle of stress-burnout-quit repeats itself. By helping employees maintain balance and focus, CIOs can help minimize the impact on their department’s increased responsibilities and improve overall productivity. With…

Hiring: Smart Companies Get Aggressive

How many top IT positions do you plan to fill this week? (And, no, that is not a set-up for a joke.) Listen to Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, general manager at [email protected], the group responsible for professional development and certification: “We intend to be aggressive about hiring. If anything we will be increasing our hiring. We believe…

Be Prepared To Pay More For Tech Expertise

IT organizations will pony up decent size pay raises this year, despite the past few shaky economic months, thanks to continuing business investment in networking initiatives and internal application development work. The move to boost IT compensation, while at the same time meeting company mandates to improve efficiency and cut costs, will remain a big…