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:

"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.