eWeek: CompTIA's latest IT Industry Business Confidence Index finds that enterprise IT departments are putting off hiring because of economic uncertainty, and when they do try to hire, they are having trouble finding enough qualified applicants. According to the report, 54 percent of IT firms are understaffed by five percent or more, and 22 percent aren't understaffed but would like to hire more workers. In addition, 55 percent of IT departments are requiring workers to multi-task more, and 45 percent are asking salaried employees to work longer hours.
ComTIA's Tim Herbert blames the staffing shortfalls on "dimming confidence in a short-term fix to a shaky world economy." He adds, "No industry operates in a vacuum, so even the relatively strong IT industry has felt the pain of global economic weakness."