Information technology jobs continue to be in high demand in Detroit, despite a lack of qualified workers, a new study shows.
Eighty percent of Detroit-area business executives plan to hire IT professionals in the first half of 2014, either to expand or fill vacant positions, according to a report released Friday from California-based IT recruitment agency Robert Half Technology. This is seven points higher than results from the previous six months (73 percent).
“The new year often brings new projects, and as a result, companies may be looking to grow their core IT teams at this time of year,” said Stacey Singleton, Detroit regional vice president of Robert Half Technology. “We anticipate that Web developers, system administrators and help desk professionals will continue to be in high demand in the next few months, especially in the manufacturing and healthcare sectors.”
In addition, 92 percent of business executives polled are confident in their companies’ prospects for growth in the first six months of 2014.
Despite the expected hiring spree, 67 percent of Detroit hiring professionals said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. The hardest positions to fill are in networking, help desk/technical support and security, the Robert Half study found.
Companies throughout the city and Metro region are turning to training programs and other initiatives to create their own viable pool of local job candidates. Troy’s Automation Alley has a Technical Talent Development Program that trains hundreds of workers a year, and a new training company, Grand Circus Co., launched in downtown Detroit in 2013.
A recent report by Dice.com said Metro Detroit had more than 57,000 unfilled tech jobs. That report came on the heels of a 2012 Microsoft Corp. study predicting the creation of 12,500 IT jobs in Metro Detroit by 2015.