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Hanover, Md. – Dec. 8, 2015 – TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, today released its annual research which highlights lower expectations for IT budget increases and concern about supporting decentralized technology initiatives. More than 500 IT leaders (i.e., chief information officers, IT vice presidents, IT directors, IT hiring managers) were polled in Oct. 2015 on their expectations for IT spending, skills needs and organizational challenges in 2016. See the full results here.
Key highlights from the survey include:
Expectations for Budget Increases Continue Year-over-Year Drop; IT Funding Becomes Decentralized
TEKsystems’ Take: The percentage of IT leaders who expect budget increases is at its lowest level since TEKsystems’ first annual IT Forecast survey for 2013. Additionally, it appears that IT spending is moving beyond the control of the IT department with 58 percent of IT leaders expecting other functional areas to spend the most on technology in 2016. As a result, organizational alignment is cited as the biggest challenge IT leaders expect to face next year.
Confidence in IT’s Ability to Meet Overall Organizational Technology Demands Diminishes for the First Time in Four Years
*Overall organizational demands are comprised of core IT and line of business demands
Organizational Alignment Cited as Biggest Challenge
IT Priorities Consistent Year over Year; Majority of IT Leaders Still Expect to Invest in Security, Mobility and Cloud
Programmers and Developers Remain the Hardest to Fill Roles While Security Continues to Gain Ground; Salary Increases Decelerating
*Positions that have been in the top five for four years running are bolded
Salaries and Hiring Will Continue to Rise, but at Slower Growth Rates; IT Staff Makeup will Remain Consistent
“With so much technology spend coming from areas outside of the IT department, it’s clear that IT leaders are taking into account the evolving nature of their responsibilities as they look to 2016,” says TEKsystems Research Manager Jason Hayman. “Organizational alignment will be their number one challenge, and essential for ensuring that the IT department is able to effectively support technology initiatives across LOBs and other functional areas, like marketing. Despite lower expectations for budget and salary increases, anticipated growth of full-time and contingent headcounts points to a healthy core IT team. However, IT leaders should be mindful that failure to properly adjust salaries in a competitive IT labor market will make it difficult to attract and retain the talent they need.”
TEKsystems’ Jason Hayman is available for additional commentary. For more information about the survey, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rick McLaughlin at TEKsystems@teamlewis.com.
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