Atlanta ranks second for expected tech hiring in 2018

by Rincey Abraham

The tech boom in Atlanta is expected to continue through the beginning of 2018, with the city ranking second for tech hiring next year in the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. It’s second only to San Diego.

Technology executives across the country are anticipating strong IT hiring across the country, and that’s no different in Atlanta, where 26 percent of CIOs say they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their team in the first half of the year, which is up 12 percentage points from this time last year.

The top three skills in greatest demand cited by respondents are cybersecurity (51 percent), database management (51 percent) and web development/website design (46 percent). However, 60 percent of CIOs in Atlanta said it’s difficult to find skilled IT professionals in the market.

“In the coming year, big data, business intelligence, security and cloud will continue to be important growth areas in Atlanta for strategic business initiatives,” said David Sheehan, branch manager for Robert Half Technology in Atlanta.

Additionally, 29 percent of Atlanta CIOs said they are focused on upgrading existing systems for efficiency, while 21 percent will prioritize innovation and helping grow their business and 20 percent will be working to maintain security of IT systems and safeguarding information.

“Technology leaders hope to get ahead on critical initiatives such as cybersecurity projects or digital upgrades in the new year by bringing on more professionals with specialized skills,” said John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology. “Database, desktop support, development and security skills are in high demand. To secure the best talent, tech leaders should act quickly when they find a great candidate and offer him or her a competitive compensation package.”

The top 12 cities where tech hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018 are:

  1. San Diego
  2. Atlanta
  3. New York
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina
  6. Minneapolis
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Des Moines, Iowa
  9. Miami
  10. Cleveland
  11. Phoenix
  12. Salt Lake City

Top U.S. cities for tech hiring in 2018 (PRNewsfoto/Robert Half Technology)