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Amritsar, NFA Post: To drive digital initiatives, almost 55% of chief information officers are mulling to increase their total number of full-time employees in information technology throughout 2021, a recent survey report by Gartner, Inc. showed.

Gartner added that the roles will mainly focus in the areas of cloud and analytics platforms, automation, and support for remote work.

“The critical role IT played across most firms’ response to the pandemic appears to have had a positive impact on IT staffing plans,” Research Vice President at Gartner, Matthew Charlet, said.

“The initial pessimism around the 2021 talent situation that many CIOs expressed mid-2020 has since dwindled,” Charlet added.

The survey highlighted that the primary factor driving IT talent strategies in 2021 was the need to accelerate digital initiatives, followed by the automation of business operations and increase in cloud adoption.

Overall, CIOs are much more likely to expand full-time employees in newer, more-emerging technology domains, Gartner said.

Data centre, network, systems administration and applications maintenance are the most likely areas to see staffing decreases due to the shift towards cloud services, the survey report said.

“While CIOs plan to hire more staff in several areas critical to meeting changed consumer and employee expectations, most will not be able to meet their planned talent strategy goals without also upskilling or refocusing their existing teams,” Charlet said.

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