DETROIT — Detroit-area technology hiring is looking up for the second half of 2017, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.
Twenty-three percent of CIOs say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams, up seven points from December’s report. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights skills in demand, CIOs’ top concerns and factors contributing to local hiring growth.
CLINTON TWP. — The managed services provider Grit Technologies has named Chris Hardester to its business development team, Troy Dieter as a senior project engineer, and Tim Peace as help desk technician.
DETROIT — IT jobs will apparently become a bit harder to come by in the year ahead.
Sixteen percent of Detroit-area technology executives plan to expand their IT staff in the first half of 2017, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. That’s down from 26 percent in the same survey six months ago, and 18 percent in the same survey a year ago.
While national surveys show the pace of economic expansion to be flagging a bit, Detroit-area technology executives are on a hiring binge.
In the latest biannual Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, 26 percent of CIOs say they plan to add staff to their IT departments in the final six months of 2016. That’s up from 20 percent in the survey from six months ago and 23 percent in the survey taken a year ago.
Another 62 percent plan to hire only to fill open positions, up from 58 percent six months ago and 61 percent a year ago.
A mere 8 percent say their plans are on hold, down from 21 percent six months ago and 13 percent a year ago.
The only evidence of a slowdown, and it’s still a small number, is the 4 percent of CIOs who say they plan to cut staff, up from 1 percent in both surveys from six months ago and a year ago.
LANSING – Duo Security, the Ann Arbor-based provider of access security technologies, announced plans to expand in Ann Arbor with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund.
The project is expected to generate nearly $2.5 million in total investment and support the creation of up to 300 direct Michigan jobs over the next three years. Duo also has locations in California and Texas, and in London, England.
As a result of this expansion, the Michigan Strategic Fund approved today a $2.5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. The MSF board approves grants and loans administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which promotes economic development opportunities including retaining and attracting business to the state.
ANN ARBOR — Disher Corp., a product development and business consulting firm, has received a $200,000 Michigan Business Development Program grant in suport of a $1.4 million that is planned to create 42 jobs at its Ann Arbor and Zeeland offices.
The grant will be used for hiring, space and training. Ann Arbor Spark has also offered support to the project in the form of staff time, resources and connections.
The grant “will enable us to expand our mission to ‘Make a Positive Difference’ in the communities we work, live and serve,” said Jeff Disher, founder and President. “We believe our company and the work we do should be meaningful and have a lasting impact. The mission is the foundation of our company culture and everything we do. With the help of this grant we will be able to bring in and train more employee-owners who embody our mission and will serve our growing customers even better.”
Individuals interested in career opportunities with Disher should visit http://www.Disher.com/careers. Open positions include CATIA designer, software developer, electronics engineer, lean leader, quality engineer, project manager, industrial designer, controls engineer, tooling supervisor, manufacturing engineer and more.
Disher is a product development, talent attraction and consulting firm. The company’s 130-plus design and engineering experts partner with organizations around the world to help their products look good and work well. Since 2000, Disher has helped hundreds of manufacturers, suppliers and independent inventors successfully discover, design, engineer and manufacture high impact products.
DETROIT — The IT consulting and staffing provider QStride announced plans to hire 10 business intelligence professionals for its MicroStrategy Development Center, located at the One Woodward Avenue building in downtown Detroit.
QStride CEO Shane Gianino made the announcement at its 19th annual user conference this week at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The move adds 10 new technology jobs to the additional 30 QStride is seeking to fill in downtown Detroit.
DETROIT — Twenty percent of surveyed Detroit-area technology executives plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2016, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.
That’s down a bit from 23 percent in the previous six months, covering July to December 2015, but up from the year-earlier figure, 18 percent, covering January to June 2015.
The latest survey showed that only 1 percent of IT executives plan layoffs to reduce their IT staffs, unchanged from both six months and a year ago.
In the survey, another 58 percent said they will fill only open IT jobs, down from 61 percent six months ago and 71 percent a year ago.
“Detroit-area IT hiring is being driven by companies that are designing, developing, testing, customizing, maintaining and upgrading their internal applications to maintain efficient operations,” said Jeremy Brodsky, Detroit branch manager of Robert Half Technology. “In addition, software companies and managed service providers, as well as marketing and digital agencies, are often bringing in added technology staff to help them meet increased client demands. As the market becomes increasingly competitive for top tech talent, companies are fast-tracking hiring decisions and opting to invest in further on-the-job training in order to compete.”
Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 CIOs from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.
Hiring challenges still remain, as 57 percent of CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. They also revealed the skills in greatest demand within their organizations, which include:
* Desktop support (56 percent)
* Database management (53 percent)
* Network administration (51 percent)
The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by number of employees. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in the United States. The margin of error is plus or minus 1.6 percent at the 90 percent confidence level.
Nationally, 22 percent of IT executives plan to add staff in the first half of 2016, unchanged from the final six months of 2015 and up from 19 percent in the first half of 2015. Only 2 percent plan layoffs, unchanged from the final six months of 2015 and down from 3 percent in the first half of 2015.
Nationally, hot spot markets for IT hiring were Cincinnati, Charlotte, N.C., New York City and Boston.
DETROIT — Southeast Michigan employment levels continued to rise in the third quarter, according to the latest labor market report compiled by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan.
The WIN report showed 15,000 people got jobs in the third quarter, and now 38,205 more people are working in the region than in the third quarter of 2014.
WIN said that through the first nine months of the year, 2015 is on track to have the region’s highest recorded employment since 2008. With more than 137,000 online job ads in the third quarter of 2015, postings also have reached another all-time high, substantially exceeding previous peaks.
ANN ARBOR — Michigan will see another two years of job growth, though not at the breakneck pace of late 2014 and early 2015, according to the latest economic forecast from the University of Michigan’s Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics.
Job growth is forecast to remain at an average rate of 1.4 percent through the third quarter of 2016, rising to 1.5 percent during the first half of 2017, and averaging 1.6 percent in teh first half of 2017, before trending downward in the second half of 2017.
That translates into 84,000 new Michigan jobs for all of 2015, 61,100 in 2016, and 64,800 in 2017, UM economists said.