A report by staffing agency Robert Half Technology ranked San Diego No. 1 on a list of 12 American cities where technology hiring is expected to grow rapidly in the first half of 2018.

That’s according to the Menlo Park-based company’s latest IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report, based on data from a survey developed by Robert Half Technology and conducted by an independent research firm. Robert Half Technology, which has an office in San Diego, has been tracking IT hiring activity in the United States since 1995.

Of the chief information officers surveyed for the report, 29 percent of respondents from San Diego companies said they intend to hire for full-time tech jobs in the first half of the new year. That’s up 14 percentage points from a year ago.

More than half of local tech executives said they plan to fill vacant roles in those six months.

"It's been a transformational year for San Diego's tech market," said Kyle Houston, Robert Half Technology’s San Diego branch manager.

Houston said the company expects to see continued demand in San Diego for talent in web development, development and operations (DevOps) and cybersecurity by internet companies and local startups.

That said, respondents from San Diego also noted encountering difficulties in hiring for such roles, with 61 percent of CIOs saying it is tough to find IT professionals to hire.

Skills in greatest demand, the respondents said, include cybersecurity (60 percent), wireless network management (52 percent) and database management (50 percent).

San Diego CIOs said their priorities for the next six months included maintaining security of IT systems and safeguarding company information (26 percent), upgrading existing systems for business efficiency (21 percent), innovation and helping to grow their businesses (21 percent), technology innovation and investing in new technologies (17 percent) and staff retention (14 percent).

Top 12 Cities for Tech Hiring in 2018

  1. San Diego
  2. Atlanta
  3. New York
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Charlotte, North Carolina
  6. Minneapolis
  7. Philadelphia
  8. Des Moines, Iowa
  9. Miami
  10. Cleveland
  11. Phoenix
  12. Salt Lake City

Source: Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report