Tech Staff Hiring To Rise Locally
HOLLAND — Information technology professionals should be able to find new jobs in West Michigan as 36 percent of responding companies plan to increase their staffing next year, according to a news release from Paragon Recruiting, a local technology recruiting firm.
In its newly released Technology Employment Forecast for the first half of 2008, Paragon noted professional services and manufacturers are the industries that plan more increases in early 2008 than in 2007. Senior level staff in applications will be in higher demand than in earlier years.
The size of a company seems to have little relation to its tech staffing plans. More companies than other years reported a reduction in overall work force. However, over half the small companies (those with fewer than 50 workers) are planning to hire technology employees.
More companies are planning to outsource some or all of their IT work than have for the past two years. Local outsourcing is dropping somewhat, national outsourcing is staying stable, while off-shore outsourcing is increasing.
Nearly 100 Michigan firms of varying sizes and industries participate in this semi-annual forecast. The majority are repeat participants from one forecast to the next, the news release indicated.