Some 93 percent of  Des Moines area chief information officers are confident in their companies' growth prospects in the second half of 2014, according to a report released today by Robert Half Technology.


Robert Half surveyed 100 Des Moines area CIOs to get their take on the second half of the year.


Don't look for creation of a lot of new information technology jobs. The vast majority - 82 percent - said they would hire only for open IT positions and 4 percent plan to put hiring on hold. Some 14 percent plan to expand their IT teams in the second half of the year, but just 1 percent plan to reduce their staff.


Since this is the first six-month period for which Robert Half has done this survey in Des Moines, there are no comparison numbers from previous surveys. Stacey Singleton, Des Moines regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, said in a news release that the numbers show a demand for workers, especially Web developers.


In the survey, 67 percent of CIOs said it is somewhat or very challenging to find skilled IT professionals today. Specifically, it is most challenging to find skilled talent in the areas of networking, applications development and software development.


Seventy-seven percent said they are confident that their firms will invest in IT projects in the second half of 2014.