IT Hiring Outlook Still Healthy

July 30, 2008 ( - Despite the economic slowdown, 60.5% of chief information officers (CIO) anticipate that IT hiring will remain steady, 20.9% anticipate an increase, and only 18.6% anticipate a decrease in 2008.

According to a quarterly CIO survey by Bluewolf, an IT consulting firm, project managers topped the list of job categories that will experience the most hiring growth in 2008, mentioned by 38% of the CIOs surveyed. Other IT jobs in demand include: database managers (17.8%); architects (17.1%); and interactive designers (7.8%).

CIOs are facing many challenges, including reduced budgets, according to 57.4% of respondents. Other challenges cited by CIOs included finding qualified resources (52.7%), the ability to provide career advancement (46.5%), and employee retention (34.9%).

“The economic slowdown is not having a negative affect on the IT market,” said Michael Kirven, cofounder and principal at Bluewolf, in a news release. “Technology innovation is exploding right now with Web-based apps and the demand for interactive projects. Technology continues to quickly evolve and companies know that to stay ahead of the game, they need competent IT managers, analysts and innovators.”