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Area IT hiring to slow in third quarter

Information technology hiring in southwest Ohio is expected to slow in the third quarter of 2013, according to new figures released Tuesday. But experts said the lower quarterly projections are a seasonal adjustment and don’t reflect an overall trend in IT employment.

Twelve percent of Cincinnati-area chief information officers (CIOs) plan to expand their IT staffs in the third quarter, down from 15 percent in the second quarter, according to a survey by Robert Half Technology, a professional placement firm with offices in Dayton and Cincinnati.

“There are still companies that are looking to hire, but summer tends to be a slower time when companies hire because of vacations and schools being out,” said Tim Webb, Cincinnati regional vice president for Robert Half Technology.

Four percent of Cincinnati-area CIOs plan to reduce their IT staffs, up from 3 percent during the second quarter. The southwest Ohio figures mirror national averages in most survey categories, officials said.

The Dayton business community is still a strong market for hiring IT workers, “with the need being exhibited across all industries,” said Ann Gallaher, chief operating officer of Technology First, a regional IT trade association. A survey of the Dayton region’s top 10 employers shows nearly 75 open IT jobs, she said.

More than 70 percent of Cincinnati-area CIOs said it is challenging to find skilled IT professionals, especially in the areas of networking, help desk and technical support, and security.

Webb said recent national data breach incidents have led to increased regional demand for IT security workers. “Companies are putting a stronger emphasis on making their websites, their network a more secure place,” he said.

The IT skill sets in greatest demand regionally include network administration, database management and desktop support, the report said.

Salaries for network administrators range from $61,000 to $90,000 in Cincinnati, and $54,000 to $81,000 in Dayton, according to Robert Half Technology.

Technology First will host its third annual IT job fair on June 12 from 3-6 p.m. at the Sinclair Community College Ponitz Center in Dayton.

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