Technology hiring in Salt Lake City is expected to start strong in 2018, according to the Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report.

Twenty-two percent of CIOs surveyed here said they plan to add full-time technology professionals to their teams in the first half of the new year, up 3 percentage points from a year ago. In addition to hiring plans, the report also highlights technology skills in demand and CIOs' top priorities for the first six months of the year.

"It's a great time to be an IT professional in Salt Lake City," said Justin Rohatinsky, branch manager for Robert Half Technology in Salt Lake City. "Professionals who have in-demand technical expertise are highly sought after and receiving multiple offers. As we head in to 2018, we'll likely see more growth in big data, business intelligence and data analytics, especially amongst high tech providers, healthcare and financial companies."

Top 12 Cities for Tech Hiring in 2018 
In addition to the forecasted 22 percent hiring growth, 60 percent of technology leaders here expect to maintain staff levels by filling vacant roles. The demand for talent places Salt Lake City on the list of U.S. cities where tech hiring is expected to grow the most in the first half of 2018:

  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

Hiring Challenges and Skills in Demand
It continues to be a competitive hiring environment: 56 percent of CIOs in Salt Lake City said that it's challenging to find skilled IT professionals in today's market. The skills in greatest demand within their organizations, according to respondents, include:  

  1. Cybersecurity (51 percent)
  2. Mobile development (50 percent)
  3. Wireless network management (50 percent)

Top Priorities
When asked to name their top priority for the next six months, 27 percent of Salt Lake City CIOs said they will be focused on maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information. Other priorities will include: