HOLLAND – Sixty percent of large west Michigan companies say they will hire new information technology staff before the end of 2005 - double the number of companies with more than 1000 employees that planned technology employment increases for the first half of the year.
This trend is another encouraging economic sign for the technology community identified by Paragon Recruiting in its just released semi-annual Technology Employment Forecast for the second half of 2005. About 100 mid and west Michigan firms of varying sizes and industries participate in this forecast.
Nearly half of small companies, those with fewer than 50 employees, continue to increase hire tech staff as well, the survey shows. This includes three-quarters of the computer consulting firms that reported they plan to hire before year's end.
Every six months, Paragon polls more than 500 Senior IT Managers in its market to determine what the future holds for IT staffing and IT services outsourcing in West Michigan. This forecast includes responses from over 100 companies.
By sector, IT Consulting plans to hire the most IT workers – 81 percent – while retail and government will hire the least – zero percent. About a third of the professional services surveyed said they’d hire tech staff, while 43 percent of the health care providers surveyed indicated they’d hire IT professionals.
Systems professionals were both the most sought after and most likely to lose their jobs – 47 percent and 43 percent respectively.
While mid level professionals also were the most sought after and most likely to lose their jobs – 56 percent and 43 percent respectively.
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