A March survey of 50 chief information officers from U.S. organizations found that 74 percent plan to hire internal information technology staff in the near term. That figure is up from 48 percent in the previous quarter.
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Even so, IT head honchos are planning to push more of their tech tasks to low-wage countries, according to the survey. Last year, the CIOs surveyed said, 0.9 percent of their budgets for IT services was spent offshore, a figure expected to rise to 1.1 percent this year and 1.6 percent over the next two to three years.
"However, we believe these results are understated (compared to the broader picture industrywide), as our survey includes government CIOs, who will not likely send work offshore," the report stated.
Merrill Lynch published the study Monday.
The job scene for U.S. tech professionals has been a mixed bag for a year or so. Staffing company Hudson recently said its index of IT worker confidence in the employment marketamid greater job satisfaction, increased optimism about personal finances and a drop in anticipated layoffs.
In addition, the average number ofin nine high-tech categories--including computer programmers, database administrators and computer hardware engineers--fell from 210,000 in 2003 to 146,000 in 2004, according to Labor Department data. And the U.S. economy in March.
But the country also lost computer manufacturing positions last month. And that's not the only troubling news for tech professionals. A wave of mergers in the industry, such as the Oracle-PeopleSoft deal, is resulting in. The automation of technology tasks also is a threat to tech workers. And techies face the possibility that their to lower-wage nations such as India and China.
Business leadersas ultimately good for the U.S. economy and its workers. Critics of shipping high-wage work to lower-cost countries are in the United States.