SOURCE: Veritude

December 15, 2009 09:00 ET

Veritude Research Shows New England IT Hiring May Increase in 2010

Companies Plan to Hire Equal Numbers of Temporary and Permanent IT Staff Next Year

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - According to the latest research from Veritude, a leading staffing services provider, New England executives are significantly more likely to anticipate that the hiring of information technology (IT) employees will increase in 2010, as compared to executives from other U.S. regions (58 percent and 37 percent, respectively). The results from the Veritude research conducted on the 2010 IT hiring outlook, coupled with recent news of decreasing unemployment rates in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, cast a positive forecast for IT job seekers in 2010.

Of the New England companies anticipating an increase in IT staffing requirements next year, 59 percent plan to hire either contract/temporary workers or permanent staff. Although New England executives generally mirror the opinions of executives in other geographic areas, 44 percent are likely to hire temp-to-perm employees, compared to 33 percent of executives in other regions.

"Demand for IT staff can be fickle based on budget fluctuations and market demands. Temporary or contract workers are extremely attractive to companies because they can fill an immediate need -- meeting deadlines without sacrificing quality. Not to mention that more and more talented IT workers in New England are choosing to become 'free agents' as a result of the changes in the economic landscape, providing companies access to talent without the administrative and financial investments that come with permanent hires," stated Tom Hart, executive vice president of Veritude.

In addition, according to Veritude's research, project managers will be most in demand in New England in 2010 while enterprise architects and systems administrators will be least in demand. When it comes to their biggest hiring challenges, executives in New England continue to cite finding the right skills and cultural fits. One particular skill rises to the top of New England companies' wish lists -- 49 percent of New England hiring executives are having a hard time finding business intelligence skills, such as Oracle and Informatica.

More information about Veritude's staffing services can be accessed at www.veritude.com.

Methodology

This primary research was conducted by Veritude in October 2009 as an online survey. Analysis of the results was performed by Attitude Measurement Corporation. In total, 195 executives from across the country took part in the research, 72 of which were from New England. Eighty percent of the New England respondents are IT or human resources professionals with 90 percent claiming that hiring IT staff is either a primary function of their role or that they are somewhat involved with hiring IT staff.

About Veritude

Veritude offers a full suite of temporary staffing, direct hire, and managed services programs. It partners with a wide range of clients in a variety of industries to develop and deliver workforce solutions that adapt to changing business and demographic realities. Veritude's unrelenting commitment to outstanding customer support and candidate quality offers competitive advantages to clients and rewarding career opportunities to associates. Visit www.veritude.com or call 1-800-597-5537 for more information.