Healthcare Hiring Trends

Networking, security, and software development are skills in demand for healthcare IT.

According to the latest edition of the IT Hiring Index and Skills Report, sponsored by Robert Half Technology, IT professionals with expertise in networking, security, and application and software development will be in favor with the healthcare industry in 2011.

The survey also found that 84 percent of the CIOs surveyed are at least somewhat confident in their companies’ growth prospects for Q1 2011. The ability to find skilled professionals is a challenge for more than half of the responding companies.

Of the industries surveyed, healthcare is most apt to hire in the first quarter. Eighteen percent of executives in this sector plan to expand their IT departments (compared to 11% overall), and none expect staff reductions. Companies in the healthcare industry say it is most difficult to find skilled software developers, followed by networking and security professionals.

These skills are in high demand by other industry sectors, making it more difficult for healthcare organizations to fill their hiring requests, according to the survey. Networking was cited by 17 percent of executives who responded, marking it as the most difficult area to fill. This was followed by security and software development, with 16 percent and 11 percent of the response, respectively.


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