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Study: IT hiring to pick up

Chief information officers in the United States are expected to increase their information technology hiring in the second quarter of this year, according to a new study from IT staffing firm Robert Half Technology. Eleven percent of CIOs surveyed plan to add full-time staff to their IT departments in the second quarter, while 2 percent anticipate personnel reductions, Robert Half Technology said. Eighty-seven percent of chief information officers expect to maintain current staff levels in the upcoming quarter. The survey included responses from more than 1,400 CIOs of U.S. companies with 100 or more employees. Robert Half Technology said the net 9 percent of chief information officers planning a hiring increase compares with a net 3 percent last quarter and is the largest net percent since the third quarter of 2002.

The survey did not specify in which country the hiring would take place. Technology companies have been adding staff in overseas locales that offer lower wages.