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Robert Half Technology has released the results of a survey conducted to understand the workforce hiring plans of information systems or information technology departments across the US.

The survey included more than 2,800 IT decision makers in 28 major US markets.

The study results include:

  1. Technology leaders are hiring but challenges remain, security and cloud skills are in demand
  2. 67% of hiring managers plan to expand their IT teams, 89% say it's challenging to find skilled professionals
  3. Miami, Austin and Cleveland are top three cities adding to their teams
  4. 95% of leaders will make project-based hires
  5. Skills immediately needed include cybersecurity, cloud security, cloud computing, cloud architecture, business intelligence and reporting, database management and virtulisation
  6. 97% are confident in their company's prospects for growth in the second half of 2019
  7. Besides recruitment, top priorities for tech managers in the next six months include maintaining security, investing in new technologies, innovation and cloud projects
  8. Utilities, energy, oil and gas industries are planning to expand IT teams by adding new positions through the end of the year

John Reed, executive vice president of Robert Half, said: "Employers around the country and across all industries are challenged when it comes to growing their teams because of a limited pool of available talent.

"In a skills shortage, IT leaders are seeing the benefits of enhancing their teams with project support professionals.

"Whether addressing the sudden departure of a team member, facing growing project requests or filling a skills void on your team, contract professionals can help increase productivity and keep burnout at bay."

View an infographic of national hiring plans and infographics with results by city.