Over the past few years I've heard insurers lament the lack of IT talent. Well, things are looking up. If some of the most recent studies and surveys are right, the talent pool for insurers to fish from is filling up.

Staffing firm Robert Half Technology reported that 17 percent of the 1,400 CIOs it surveyed plan to bring on more IT staff in the first quarter of 2013, and only 8 percent are planning staffing cuts. The 9 percent net difference between growth and cutbacks is 6 percent more than the IT hiring projections made by CIOs during the final quarter of 2012, according to the survey. Those numbers still may seem low, but the growth is a good sign.

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