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Temp IT hiring rising, full-time also on upswing, says TEKsystems survey

October 14, 2014

IT leaders report temporary and full-time hiring has fallen short of 2014 expectations but is catching up, according to TEKsystems’ new quarterly IT Reality Check survey comparing current market conditions with the company’s annual IT forecast released in November 2013.

Temp worker hiring has increased throughout the year, coming closer to the percentage of IT leaders who originally forecast increases in this area. Since the beginning of the year, an additional 7 percent of IT leaders expect increases in temporary hiring, while those who expected temporary hiring to stay the same decreased 4 percent and those who expected it to decrease dropped 3 percent.

The new survey found 42 percent of IT leaders reported an increase in temporary hiring so far this year. Although down from expectations reported in the November survey, when 46 percent of IT leaders forecast an increase in 2014, it is a sequential improvement from the March and June surveys, which reported increases in temporary hiring of 35 percent and 37 percent respectively.

Fifty percent of IT leaders said temporary hiring was the same this year as it was last year, up from 43 percent who expected flat hiring in the November survey.

And fewer IT leaders, 8 percent, reported a decrease in temporary hiring this year; in November, 11 percent expected a decrease.

Expectations for hiring full-time employees is also on the rise. Since midyear, an additional 6 percent of IT leaders expect increases in full-time hiring, while those who expected full-time hiring to stay the same decreased 4 percent and those who expected it to decrease dropped 2 percent.

The new survey found 37 percent of IT leaders reported increases in full-time hiring, up from 31 percent in the June survey but down from the 47 percent forecast in November.

In the current survey, 52 percent reported full-time hiring was the same as last year, up from 44 percent who expected full-time hiring to stay the same heading into 2014. However, 11 percent reported a decrease in full-time hiring compared to 9 percent who forecast a decline in November.

The recent survey took place in September and included more than 200 IT leaders, including CTOs, IT vice presidents, IT directors and IT managers.

“The latest data shows some inconsistencies in what IT leaders are experiencing. They seem to have accepted that they will not see the budget increases they expected, and now as the year comes closer to an end, they are losing confidence in their ability to satisfy business demands,” said TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. “On the bright side, IT leaders have a good grasp on the IT trends that most impact their organizations and they anticipate an increase in hiring. The third quarter closed with an uptick in hiring for both full-time and temporary workers, indicating firms are likely staffing up to make a last push at fulfilling important business initiatives.”

For more on the survey, click here.

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