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    Companies Expecting to add IT Jobs in the First Quarter of 2013, Survey Finds

    Many IT professionals may be feeling good about their employability, and a recent survey by Robert Half Technology found that their confidence to be justified.

    "CIOs report higher demand for IT professionals in the first quarter, especially for those with skills in hot areas such as applications development and IT security," said John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology.

    According to the study, 92 percent of of CIOs plan to maintain or increase their IT staffing levels in the first quarter of 2013, including 17 percent who plan to add more employees. By comparison, 8 percent of CIOs said they expect to cut back their IT departments.

    In addition, 87 percent of respondents said they expect their companies to expand in the next three months, and nearly half believe their organizations will increase IT investment.

    Meanwhile, tech workers are also feeling good about their own prospects. According to a separate survey by Harris Interactive and Randstad Technologies and Technisource, 69 percent of IT professional believe their positions are safe for at least the next year, and 55 percent are confident about their ability to find a new job.