PPG Architectural Coating's hiring plans not withstanding, the one area not on pace for growth in the second half of 2015 is full-time hiring, according to the TEKsystems survey results. Compared to the 40% of IT leaders expecting full-time hiring increases at the onset of 2015, only 28% were still on that trajectory as of the end of June.
While the number of survey participants indicating a decrease in full-time hires rose slightly, it still remains a relatively small slice of the pie at 13%. About half of the survey respondents expected hiring to remain flat in early 2015 compared to the 59% that believed the same halfway through the year.
Rather than indicating an IT slowdown, TEKsystems' Hayman believes the dip is more related to a summertime hiring lull and a smoothing out of hiring trend peaks and valleys. He also thinks there could be fallout from the competitive climate for technology talent.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Colangelo says his organization is definitely experiencing challenges filling key roles due to increased competition for talent in the Boston area, where the firm is headquartered. Nevertheless, that's not stopping the company's quest for new hires.
"We are absolutely in hiring mode, and expect this to continue into 2016," Colangelo says. "We're looking for software developers, engineers and scrum masters to join our growing software development team."
Temp hiring cools
Just as the full-time hiring machine has slowed, so too has the onboarding of temporary workers.
More than a third (36%) of IT leaders had expected to bulk up their contingent staff as they entered 2015; now, only 29% of IT leaders surveyed anticipate adding more temporary workers to their IT staff.
Like the full-time hiring slowdown, TEKsystems doesn't believe the leveling out of contingent worker workforce is any cause for concern. Rather, Hayman says, IT shops are showing a greater open-mindedness and flexibility for multiple hiring models, depending on the role.
"Given the difficulty in finding IT workers, organizations are open to whatever route best gets the firm to its final destination," he says.