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HANOVER, MD – July 28, 2011 – TEKsystems, the nation’s leading technology staffing and services company, today announced findings from its quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey, conducted in partnership with the Inavero Institute. Forty percent of IT leaders expect to increase temporary IT headcount in the next three months, up from last quarter’s 36%. Further, 38% say they will increase permanent IT headcount in Q3, down from 41% the previous quarter.
“Continued economic uncertainty makes contract workers more appealing,” says TEKsystems Market Research Manager, Tania Lavin. “IT leaders would rather hire consultants on a project to project basis than ramp up full time teams without specific initiatives in mind.”
As in previous quarters, survey respondents say that it is difficult to find Enterprise Architects (65%) and Cloud Architects (58%). This quarter they also note difficulty in finding Security Specialists (51%) and BI Specialists (49%).
“It is consistently difficult to find Enterprise and Cloud Architects,” notes Lavin. “Due to high demand, professionals with these skills do not need to actively seek new opportunities. They are recruited and get their choice of challenging work and appealing compensation packages.”
Lavin continues, “It is not surprising that BI specialists are more difficult to find this year, as the number of business intelligence initiatives across our client base is up, which correlates to high demand for a finite number of A-players.”
The survey also reveals the difficulty in sourcing top IT professionals across industries. Responses indicate that financial services firms have more difficulty filling Database Administrator positions, while IT companies struggle to find Systems Administrators, BI Specialists, Business Process Engineers, Network Architects and .NET Developers.
“The preponderance of data related to financial transactions that must be warehoused and mined for business success and regulatory compliance heightens the quantity of needs for DBAs in the financial services vertical,” says Lavin. “Companies within this industry likely also desire DBAs with vertical experience, which adds additional difficulty in the tight IT labor market.”
“IT firms have a greater need for technology professionals to satisfy requirements for internal IT operations as well as specialists for their customers. As IT companies and their clients focus on BI and network transformation, the need for resources multiplies, compounding the difficulty in finding the right individuals,” Lavin says.
About the IT Executive Outlook survey:
TEKsystems, a leading technology staffing and services company, partners with the Inavero Institute to conduct a quarterly survey of nearly 3,000 IT leaders. The third quarter 2011 online survey was completed by IT decision makers during June 2011. IT managers and directors represented the majority of survey respondents at 86%, and IT executives made up 14% of responses. IT leaders represented all industries, regions and company sizes.