Survey: Some Miami tech execs plan to expand teams, see hiring challenges

Hiring trends are looking slightly rosier but recruiting challenges remain for South Florida technology executives, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report for Miami shows that 16 percent of Miami-area chief information officers surveyed recently plan to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2014. This is up three points from the previous six-month period's projections. Another 72 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 9 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the second half of the year.

The survey also showed:

• About recruiting, 59 percent of Miami CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals, particularly in the functional areas of security (17 percent), applications development (14 percent), networking (13 percent) and database management (13 percent).

• About their companies' growth and IT investments, 99 percent of CIOs reported being somewhat or very confident in their companies' prospects for growth in the second half of 2014, compared to 85 percent in the first half of the year.

• Fifty-seven percent of Miami technology executives said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Windows administration and desktop support followed, with 54 percent and 52 percent of the response, respectively.

"Mobile applications developers and network engineers remain in high demand in the Miami area," said Matt Bourdeau, Miami regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, a staffing firm. "We are also seeing opportunity for skilled IT professionals in the financial services and healthcare sectors, particularly with business incubators that are looking for an array of IT talent."

The 2014 hiring projections are based on interviews with 100 CIOs who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.