HANOVER, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–TEKsystems®, a leading provider of IT staffing solutions, human capital management expertise and IT services, today announced findings from its quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey, 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.
By Tim Spagnola
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