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Tech Hiring on the Rise in US – Security Skills in High Demand

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Security Professionals are in high demand globally and new research from Robert Half Technology details the skills and locations where the highest demand can be found in the United States.

As security, cloud and digital projects in U.S. companies expand, so does the need for skilled tech professionals to support them. According to Robert Half Technology’s latest research on the state of tech hiring, six out of 10 (60 percent) IT hiring decision makers plan to expand the size of their teams between now and the end of the year.

Top cities where companies plan to staff up their tech teams:

  1. Miami
  2. Detroit
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Phoenix
  5. Charlotte
Robert Half Technology survey reveals hiring plans of IT decision makers through the end of the year. (PRNewsfoto/Robert Half Technology)

View national hiring plans and infographics with responses by city.

When asked to describe their top concerns, keeping IT systems and company information safe ranked first, followed by investing in new technologies, upgrading business systems for efficiency, and innovation. Further, tech leaders in 21 of the 26 major metropolitan areas included in the study listed security as their biggest priority, after recruitment.

What skill sets do tech hiring decision makers want most for their teams? Survey respondents cited cybersecurity and cloud security (tied for first), followed by cloud computing and cloud architecture, as the most desired areas of expertise.

“Business needs surrounding security, cloud and digital transformation are outpacing the supply of talent, and technology leaders are facing difficulties staffing open roles,” said Jeff Weber, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “Employers should be discerning about what skills are must-haves versus what can be trained for on the job and move quickly with offers when they meet strong candidates.”

Additionally, it seems tech professionals are willing to relocate for opportunities: More than eight in 10 tech leaders (81 percent) said they are seeing more tech talent move to their cities for career opportunities.

Top cities where leaders are seeing tech talent relocate for career opportunities:

  1. Dallas
  2. Seattle
  3. San Francisco
  4. Houston
  5. Miami

Source PR Newswire

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Terry is an experienced product management and marketing professional having worked for technology based companies for over 30 years, in different industries including; Telecoms, IT Service Management (ITSM), Managed Service Providers (MSP), Enterprise Security, Business Intelligence (BI) and Healthcare. He has extensive experience defining and driving marketing strategy to align and support the sales process. He is also a fan of craft beer and Lotus cars.