Eighty-one % of enormous CIOs plan to extend their IT headcount in 2023, in keeping with a latest Gartner, Inc. survey. Solely 14% anticipate IT employees to lower, and 5% anticipate their numbers to stay the identical.
“Attracting and retaining know-how expertise stay important areas of concern for CIOs,” mentioned Jose Ramirez, Senior Principal Analyst at Gartner. “Even with advances in AI, Gartner predicts that the worldwide influence on jobs will probably be impartial over the following few years attributable to delays in enterprise adoption, implementation occasions and studying curves.”
Solely 4% of CIOs surveyed at the moment report that AI-enhanced staff are a resource-producing know-how.
The Gartner survey was performed from October to November 2022 to 501 respondents, of which 182 had been LE CIOs in North America, EMEA and the APAC area. The LE phase consists of companies with whole annual income of $1 billion or extra.
Why CIOs plan to extend IT headcount in 2023
“Corporations have undertaken varied digital initiatives over the previous couple of years, with operational excellence and buyer or citizen expertise being the most well-liked,” Ramirez mentioned. “Nonetheless, these initiatives usually don’t reply shortly sufficient to the wants of the enterprise.” Sixty-seven % of LE CIOs plan to extend their IT headcount in 2023 by a minimum of 10% to help their enterprise’s digital initiatives.
As CIOs look to broaden their IT groups, many have confronted hiring roadblocks attributable to financial circumstances. As a result of prevailing financial volatility, 41% of LE CIOs report gradual hiring for IT roles, 35% report a decline within the general IT funds, and 29% report an IT hiring freeze.
“Cists are taking proactive steps to fight financial volatility by enjoyable geographic and position necessities to broaden their IT expertise pipeline,” Ramirez mentioned. “Some organizations have discovered success by hiring technologists early of their careers and offering upskilling alternatives to fulfill important know-how wants.”
The survey additionally discovered that full-time equal (FTE) do the vast majority of know-how work within the enterprise. Full time IT workers carry out 56% of labor, whereas technological advances akin to automation and AI-enhanced work account for simply over 9% of labor at the moment.
“This reliance on FTEs to fulfill the calls for of digital transformation explains why the LE CIO plans to extend IT headcount in 2023,” mentioned Ramirez.
How CIOs plan to enhance their IT expertise
With the rising demand for IT expertise, an important qualities in candidates that the LE CIO seems for throughout the hiring course of are the mandatory technical abilities, comfortable abilities (eg communication, relationship administration) and cultural match. LE CIOs cite cybersecurity, cloud platforms and buyer/person expertise as the highest three technical abilities in 2023.
Almost half of LE CIOs plan to put money into coaching packages to upskill and reskill their IT employees to make sure groups have the related roles, abilities and functionality to fulfill enterprise objectives. Forty-six % of CIOs additionally plan to ascertain fusion groups, and the identical share plan to automate workflow to unencumber IT time.
“Recruiting the correct IT experience takes time and planning, notably for abilities in structure, cybersecurity, cloud computing and agile software program improvement,” mentioned Ramirez. “Guarantee IT has the related roles, abilities and skill to fulfill enterprise objectives. This will require adopting a blended workforce mannequin for IT and enterprise roles.”
Gartner purchasers can learn extra in “2023 IT Expertise Outlook for Massive Enterprises.”
Be taught concerning the prime priorities for CIOs and CTOs within the IOC Agenda 2023.