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Survey shows mixed bag on Charlotte information-technology hiring

Nearly two-thirds of Charlotte-area chief information officers plan to hire IT workers in the third quarter, a survey released Tuesday showed. But others are planning to stop hiring or scale back their current staff.

The quarterly survey said that 11 percent of CIOs in the Charlotte region expect to add more information technology staff – up 1 percent from last quarter. Fifty-one percent of the CIOs surveyed anticipate filling only vacant IT positions, an 11 percent decline from the second quarter.

The number of CIOs planning to put IT hiring on hold, however, jumped 6 percent from the second-quarter survey, with 31 percent of the officers expecting a hiring freeze. Another 6 percent of the CIOs predicted a reduction in their IT staff.

The survey, developed by the consulting firm Robert Half Technology, is pieced together from interviews with 200 CIOs in the Charlotte region. CIOs are selected from a random sample of local companies with 100 or more employees.

Despite fewer IT hires expected by CIOs in the third quarter, Lucy Marino, Charlotte branch manager of Robert Half Technology, said in a news release that demand is strong for technology professionals in the area, particularly those with desktop support, Windows administration and network administration experience.

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