Canadian CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans for Second Half of 2016

Robert Half Technology Survey Shows Network Administration Skills in High Demand

TORONTO (June 21, 2016) – The majority (97 per cent) of CIOs are confident about their company’s growth prospects in the coming months. According to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, 13 per cent of Canadian technology executives surveyed expect to expand their IT teams in the second half of 2016. This is a six per cent increase from a year ago, and compares to 14 per cent six months ago. In addition, 57 per cent plan to hire only for open IT roles and 30 per cent plan to put hiring plans on hold. CIOs did not indicate that they would reduce their IT staffing levels in the next six months of the year.

Canadian IT Hiring Forecast*

July–Dec. 2016



July–Dec. 2015

CIOs adding more staff to IT departments




CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles




CIOs who plan to put IT hiring plans on hold




CIOs who plan to reduce their IT staff




Don’t know future hiring plans




*Numbers may not total 100 per cent due to rounding.

“Technology is a pivotal aspect of business functions,” said Deborah Bottineau, senior regional manager for Robert Half Technology. “With increasing focus on network security and digital privacy, companies are under pressure to find IT professionals capable of integrating and enhancing internal system requirements alongside compliance demands. Hiring for IT continues to be a challenge moving into the second half of the year. Businesses must move quickly with a defined recruiting strategy in place so they don’t lose potential employees to better offers elsewhere.”

Bottineau added that technical abilities aren’t the only skills IT professionals should cultivate. “Candidates must bear in mind that while their IT skills are crucial for landing a job, interpersonal skills and the ability to clearly communicate with managers and peers will help them excel in a role — and throughout their careers.” 

Hiring forecasts are based on interviews with more than 270 CIOs in Canada who were asked to provide a six-month hiring outlook.

Recruiting Challenges and Skills in Demand


70% of Canadian CIOs plan to hire, either to expand or fill vacant positions.

CIOs adding more staff to IT department
Second half of 2016 13%
First half of 2016 14%
CIOs planning to hire only for open IT roles
Second half of 2016 57%
First half of 2016 74%


Network Administration 41%
Desktop support/ web development and design 34%
Database management 30%

Source: Robert Half Technology. Results based on interviews with 270 Canadian CIOs.

© 2016 Robert Half Technology

Hiring challenges remain, as 68 per cent of CIOs said it’s somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. The skills in greatest demand within their organizations, according to respondents, include:

  • Network administration (41 per cent)
  • Desktop support (34 per cent)
  • Database management (30 per cent)

About Robert Half Technology

With more than 120 locations worldwide, Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals for initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. Robert Half Technology offers online job search services at or visit our technology blog at Visitors can also request a copy of the Robert Half Technology 2016 Salary Guide, which includes a wide range of IT job descriptions. Follow, and @RobertHalf_CAN on Twitter for additional workplace advice and hiring trends.

Survey Methodology

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. To ensure that companies from all segments were represented in the study, the sample was stratified by industry. The results were weighted to reflect the appropriate employee population in Canada. The margin of error is +/-5.0 per cent at the 90 per cent confidence level. Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis and has been tracking IT hiring activity in Canada since 1995.

For further information contact: Naz Araghian, (416) 865-2140, [email protected]

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