Survey: 27% of Miami tech execs plan to expand IT teams in 2015

Twenty-seven percent of Miami-area technology executives recently surveyed expect to expand their information technology teams in the second half of 2015, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report released Tuesday.

This represents a 9-point increase from the previous six months and an 11-point increase from the same time period in 2014. Also, 65 percent plan to hire only for open IT roles, 7 percent plan to put hiring plans on hold, and 1 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the last six months of the year.

“We're seeing increased demand for IT talent, particularly within the healthcare industry,” said Matt Bourdeau, Miami regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. “In addition, the financial services and telecommunications industries are significant drivers for local technology hiring.”

Recruiting remains a challenge, as 62 percent of CIOs said it's somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today, particularly in Windows administration, wireless network management, network administration and database management. Survey respondents said to find talent they are increasing networking, hiring consultants to augment staff, using recruiters and offering referral bonuses.

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 2,500 chief information officers from 25 major U.S. markets who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Nancy Dahlberg