There is more IT hiring than cutbacks expected for the first quarter of 2013, though some of those in-demand positions are getting harder to fill, according to a new CIO survey.

Staffing advisory Robert Half Technology’s “IT Hiring Index and Skills Report” pooled answers from more than 1,400 CIOs at U.S. businesses with 100 or more employees for its outlook of the first three months of the new year. Seventeen percent of CIOs stated they plan to add to their IT department staffing in the beginning of 2013, countered with 8 percent who plan to make cuts. The 9 percent net difference between growth and cutbacks is 6 percent more than the projections of IT hiring by CIOs during the final quarter of 2012, according to the survey. The remaining 75 percent of CIOs reported no discernible difference anticipated for their IT staffs in the year ahead.

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