Hundreds of San Antonio IT jobs will be created this year as tech companies continue to grow.
A recent report from Robert Half Technology found that 14 percent of companies in the West South Central region are planning to hire IT workers during Q1 2011. That's an 11 percent increase when compared to Q1 2010, when only 3 percent of companies were planning to hire.
What's even more promising is that only 3 percent of IT companies are planning to make layoffs during Q1, meaning the majority companies will maintain their staff levels in the region, which includes Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.
"Companies want to stay in front in terms of corporate competitiveness," Soowan Scheuermann, marketing manager for Robert Half Technology, said. "So they're upgrading software, hardware, and they're looking for people who can help secure the company's network. There's going to be a sustained demand for network administrators, help-desk desktop support and emerging technologies for virtualization."
The hiring outlook for the West South Central region is more promising than that throughout the nation as a whole, where 11 percent of tech companies are planning to add jobs and 3 percent are planning to make layoffs.
In the San Antonio area - where technology makes up about 2 percent of total employment - several IT companies have already announced their plans to hire more workers this year. According to the San Antonio Express-News:
- Genesis Networks is planning to hire about 150 employees as it embarks on a new long-term project.
- VMC Consulting Inc. will hire about 600 employees as it opens a new office at Brooks City-Base.
- Rackspace, which already employs 2,077 workers in San Antonio and hired more than 800 employees last year, will add more workers during 2011.
- Webhead plans to hire more workers to keep up with growth and demand.