As they look toward the new year, CIOs seem to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. According to the first-quarter “Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Index and Skills Report,” 7% of technology executives across a variety of vertical industries anticipate adding IT staff in the first quarter of 2010, and only 4% plan workforce reductions. The net 3% increase is up three points from last quarter's forecast. Eighty-nine percent of CIOs plan to maintain current IT personnel levels.

The “IT Hiring Index and Skills Report” is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees. It was conducted by an independent research firm, and developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of IT professionals on a project and full-time basis.

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