IT departments still are not hiring
Rising confidence among state and local government information technology (IT) decision makers about the prospect of economic growth is still not translating into jobs for IT professionals, according to Vernon Hills, Ill.-based CDW’s IT Monitor. CDW has been tracking IT sentiment since the beginning of the recession, and the IT Monitor shows that IT departments will spend more on products and services instead of hiring staff.
The IT Growth Monitor, which measures anticipated IT investment, reached a high reading of 66 for state government organizations, after more than a year of weakened outlook. Eighty-five percent of state IT decision makers plan to replace or install new software in the next six months, and 81 percent expect to replace or install new hardware in the next six months, an 18 and 17 percentage point increase, respectively, from February 2010. Planned hardware and software investment for IT decision makers at the local government level also increased by five percentage points from the last IT Monitor.
Read all of the IT Monitor’s findings.