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Detroit CIOs Plan Increased Hiring For Second Half Of 2017

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.

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Detroit CIOs’ Hiring Plans Cool

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.

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Detroit CIOs Bullish On Hiring For Remainder Of 2016

DETROIT — What economic slowdown?

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.

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IT Hiring Plans Continue Strong In 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.

More at http://www.rht.com.

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.

Robert Half Technology reveals Detroit IT hiring forecast for the first half of 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Robert Half Technology)
Robert Half Technology reveals Detroit IT hiring forecast for the first half of 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Robert Half Technology)

Tech, Creative Salaries To Rise Next Year

MENLO PARK, Calif. — The IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology has released 2016 Salary Guides for technology and creative fields that show steep pay increases ahead for some specialties.

Base salaries in technology and creative fields are expected to increase 5.3 percent and 3.8 percent, respectively, in the coming year. But some roles are projected to see even bigger pay bumps. For example, wireless network engineers’ salaries are expected to jump 9.7 percent and range from $108,750 to $150,750.

Also predicted to see a big raise are those with the job titles Big Data Engineer and Data Scientist, both projected to see an 8.9 percent bump next year. The Big Data pay range is $129,500 to $183,500, while the Data Scientist range is $109,000 to $153,750.

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Detroit CIO Hiring Pace Heating Up

DETROIT — The Detroit area’s chief information officers are ramping up hiring in their IT departments, according to the latest IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report released Friday by Robert Half Technology, the tech staffing firm.

Twenty-three percent of the Detroit area’s CIOs plan to add more staff to their IT departments between July and December, according to the survey. That’s up from 18 percent who said they planned to do so in the last survey, which covered January to June 2015, and 15 percent in the survey before that, which covered July to December 2014.

Another 61 percent said they planned to hire only for open IT jobs, down from 71 percent in the prior survey and 74 percent in the survey before that.

Only 1 percent said they plan to cut their IT staff, unchanged from the previous survey.

The other 15 percent said they either didn’t know their hiring plans or had put their hiring plans on hold.

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CIO’s Believe Wearable Tech Will Be Part Of The Office

SOUTHFIELD — Will wearables be the newest office accessory? The majority of CIOs (81 percent) believe they will, while only 16 percent aren’t buying it, according to the latest research from Robert Half Technology.

However, exactly when these devices will make it to the mainstream is where respondents differ.

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Robert Half Survey Shows Six High-Paying Tech Careers For 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Salaries in the technology and creative fields are expected to continue their upward trend in 2015, according to the 2015 Salary Guides from staffing specialists Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group.

The study finds companies are making larger investments in digital initiatives, turning to big data for decision making, and using innovative interactive advertising campaigns to attract new customers. The result: high-paying career opportunities for professionals with expertise in these hot areas.

John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, said recruiting for digital skills “continues to be a challenge as demand exceeds supply. When firms identify promising candidates, they need to hire quickly and be prepared to extend compensation and benefits packages that beat what competing firms are willing to offer.”

The following six potentially high-paying jobs are expected to see the most substantial increases in average starting salary in 2015, according to the Robert Half Salary Guides*:

* Mobile applications developer: The need for skilled professionals who can develop applications for tablets and smartphones will only intensify as companies keep pace with the growing mobile market. Similar to 2014, experienced mobile applications developers can expect to see the largest increase (10.2 percent) in starting compensation of any tech position listed in the Salary Guide, earning between $107,500 and $161,500, on average.

Jeremy Brodsky, branch manager of Robert Half Technology’s Southfield office, said digital agencies are snapping up people with mobile app development skills — in the Objective C language for Apple devices and Java for Android. He added that this is a field where people with a knack for programming languages can pick up skills on their own. “Having a 4-year degree in computer science is a huge leg up in mobile programming,” Brodsky said, but added: “Traditional web-based and software development work experience typically prepares a development professional well for mobile development. There are also several free resources online that can provide talented programmers with a good introduction to mobile.”

* Big data engineer: As organizations of all types launch or advance big data initiatives, many will look to hire experienced engineers who can communicate with business users and data scientists, and translate business objectives into data processing workflows. Big data engineers can anticipate a 9.3 percent boost in starting pay in 2015, with average salaries ranging from $119,250 to $168,250.

Here, Brodsky said, organizations of all sizes are launching big data projects to analyze and use the reams of data they’re collecting through interacting with customers and prospects online. Information systems degrees are the usual path to this career, but Brodsky said there are other disciplines that can be turned into a big data job as well.

* Wireless network engineer: Professionals who can effectively research, design, implement and optimize wireless networks will be in high demand as more internal infrastructure projects are launched to support the rising use of mobile devices and wireless technologies. Wireless network engineers can expect a 9.1 percent bump in base compensation this year, with average starting salaries between $99,000 and $137,500.

For these jobs, Brodsky said, skills ranging from the help desk to setting up servers to installing cable can be transformed into a wireless network engineering and administration jobs — a pathway to management for hands-on workers.

* User experience (UX) director: A compelling and satisfying user experience is vital to the success of any web or mobile initiative. Organizations need creative leadership to ensure the user experience across web and mobile properties is consistent and aligns with business strategy and brand identity. Experienced UX directors can anticipate average starting salaries between $110,500 and $178,000, up 6.8 percent from 2014.

“This is a pretty cool gig,” Brodsky observed — being the person who looks at the “big data” of user history, and decides where the video, the words and the buttons need to be on an app or a website. “It’s kind of a blend of strategy and design,” Brodsky said. “You see people with computer science and developer background, but in this role more frequently you see people with a background in design — but who are also analytical thinkers, not standard ‘make something pretty’ designer.”

* Interactive creative director: To execute successful interactive marketing and advertising campaigns, companies need creative leaders who are adept at coordinating the efforts of designers, writers and art directors into one cohesive vision. Skilled interactive creative directors can expect average starting salaries to increase 5.7 percent in 2015, to the range of $100,500 to $180,250.

Said Brodsky: “Locally, the industry is picking up in all areas, so in all knids of corporations, there is often an internal creative team that will lead efforts brandwise, copywise, design wise, for all things digital … And at agencies, as companies are spending more and more dollars on interactive marekting, so more and more of these positions are being created at agencies.”

* Web designer (5+ years of experience): Organizations need experienced web designers to ensure their Internet and intranet sites, and digital communications — such as emails, online ads and social media sites — accurately reflect the goals, objectives and identity of the business. Web designers with five or more years of experience can expect to earn between $80,000 and $112,500, on average, a gain of 4.8 percent over last year.

This is a job that’s been around as long as the World Wide Web — so going on 21 years. Brodsky said increasingly, the folks designing websites are “hybrids” who also know how to code in HTML, CSS and Javascript, professionals who both design and develop.

More information about these and other potentially high-paying career opportunities can be found in the Robert Half Technology 2015 Salary Guide, http://www.roberthalf.com/technology/it-salary-center, which includes a wide range of information technology job descriptions, and The Creative Group 2015 Salary Guide, http://www.roberthalf.com/creativegroup/marketing-salaries, which focuses on interactive, design and marketing jobs.

Both Robert Half Technology (rht.com) and The Creative Group (creativegroup.com) are divisions of the staffing firm Robert Half.

Detroit CIOs’ Hiring Plans Heat Up For 2015

DETROIT — Chief information officers in the Detroit area plan to hire at a more robust pace in the first half of 2015 than they did in an already pretty good second half of 2014, according to the new Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Detroit.

The survey shows that 18 percent of Detroit-area CIOs plan to expand their IT teams in the first half of 2015, up 3 percentage points from 15 percent who said they planned to do so in the previous survey, which covered July through December 2014.

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For More Companies, Employees’ Online Shopping At Work Is OK

MENLO PARK, Calif. — The IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology says it’s almost the season to shop for gifts online — even at work.

The company says a survey of 2,400 chief information officers says a growing number of employers are giving in to the reality of online shopping, and allowing employees to spend a reasonable amount of time at their desks hunting down that perfect gift.

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