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HANOVER, MD – October 26, 2011 – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, conducted in partnership with the Inavero Institute. Fifty-four percent of IT leaders expect to maintain current headcount and 36% expect to increase contingent and permanent IT headcount in the next three months. Of those IT leaders expecting to increase contingent and permanent headcount, 15% plan to grow by more than 5%.
“Many IT leaders rely more heavily on the contingent hiring model because it simplifies workforce planning as projects have a finite start and end date. An organization can augment its teams appropriately without assuming the fixed costs associated with permanent hires,” says TEKsystems Market Research Analyst, Jason Hayman.
IT leaders anticipate increases in Q4 spending for infrastructure services (43%) and applications services (39%), with 20% of respondents indicating infrastructure spending will grow by at least 5%. “Organizations are investing in infrastructure and application-based initiatives like cloud computing, Business Intelligence (BI), social media and mobility. These initiatives drive spending because they not only promise to lower costs and boost efficiency; they also offer potential for new products, services and customer markets.” states Hayman.
Over the first three quarters of 2011, Enterprise Architects, Cloud Architects, BI Specialists and Security Specialists were consistently ranked as the most difficult roles to fill within IT organizations. This trend continues into Q4. Sixty-five percent of IT leaders report difficulty in finding Enterprise Architects, 60% in finding Cloud Architects, and 51% in finding BI and Security Specialists.
“IT and business functions are more strategically aligned today due to the importance each plays in the competitive success of an organization. Enterprise and Cloud Architects, along with other business-oriented IT roles, are becoming increasingly tougher to fill because they require a great deal of experience and business acumen – and the demand for these skills outpaces supply. It is critical to proactively implement human capital management strategies to attract and retain these individuals,” concludes Hayman.
About the IT Executive Outlook survey:
TEKsystems partners with the Inavero Institute to conduct a quarterly survey of more than 2,100 IT leaders. The fourth quarter 2011 online survey was completed by IT decision makers during September 2011. IT managers and directors represented the majority of survey respondents at 85%, and IT executives made up 15% of responses. IT leaders represented all industries, regions and company sizes.