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Tech Leaders Sound Off On Changing Role Of CIO
Survey Shows More Tech Executives See Their Roles as Primarily Strategic

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology executives are making the shift from the back office to the boardroom, according to new research from Robert Half Technology. The survey reveals 35 percent of CIOs today believe their roles are primarily functional versus 44 percent five years ago. About one in three (34 percent) executives surveyed view the CIO role as mostly strategic.  

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But is the ability to innovate and transform business operations enough to keep tech leaders invested in their jobs?

When asked what would persuade them to take a new role, CIOs are pretty evenly split. A slight majority (27 percent) say a higher salary holds the most appeal, while 25 percent cite the ability to consult and control their own schedule as a chief motivator. The opportunity to be an entrepreneur is attractive to 21 percent of respondents, who would consider running their own company.

CIOs were asked, "Which of the following best describes the CIO role…" Their responses*:


Five Years











Combination of all three






*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

CIOs were asked, "If you were to look for a new role today, which of the following opportunities would you be most interested in?" Their responses*:

A higher salary


To be a consultant or have more control over my schedule


To run my own company


To be more strategic


To change industries


Don't know




*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

"The role of the CIO continues to evolve, and fewer companies view the IT function as one that simply keeps technology running smoothly," said John Reed, senior executive director for Robert Half Technology. "Firms that empower their tech leaders to transform and drive change will benefit by helping their customers, while attracting high caliber IT talent. The best and brightest want to be strategic and contribute on multiple levels."  

Survey Methodology
The survey was developed and conducted by Robert Half Technology and includes responses from more than 2,500 U.S. CIOs in 25 metropolitan areas.

About Robert Half Technology
Robert Half Technology is a leading provider of technology professionals, specializing in a full spectrum of technology services – from project, contract-to-hire and full-time IT staffing services to managed services and solution consulting. With more than 100 locations in North America, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, the company provides highly skilled talent for IT initiatives ranging from web development and multiplatform systems integration to network security and technical support. For more information about Robert Half Technology, visit For career and management advice, read our award-winning blog at



SOURCE Robert Half Technology

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