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IT Staff Could Benefit From Enhanced Technical Skills, Survey Shows

May 9, 2007
10:19pm

MENLO PARK, CA -- As technology changes, so do the job requirements for a company’s information technology (IT) staff.  In a new survey, 25 percent of chief information officers (CIOs) ranked technical skills as the area in which their IT staff could most use improvement.  Project management abilities were a close second with 23 percent of the response.

The national poll includes responses from more than 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees.  It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis.

CIOs were asked, “In which of the following areas do you think your IT staff could most use improvement?

Technical abilities   25%
Project management skills   23%
Verbal and written communication abilities   15%
Organizational skills   14%
Interpersonal skills   12%
None/no improvements needed   3%
Other/don't know       8%
    100%

“Technology changes rapidly, making it crucial for IT staff to constantly learn new skills to keep pace with industry advancements,” said Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of Robert Half Technology.  “While it’s ultimately up to the individual to keep his or her technical abilities current, the best employers invest in ongoing professional development for employees at all levels.”

Lee continued, “Professional development programs also can aid a company’s recruitment and retention efforts.  In today’s competitive IT hiring market, employees want to work for firms that encourage them to build new skills and assume more challenging responsibilities.”

With more than 100 locations in North America, Europe and Asia, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support.  Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at www.rht.com.


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