About 70 per cent of Canadian CIOs say it is equally or more challenging to find skilled IT workers than it was last year, according to a new Robert Half Technology survey.

More than half of the 270 polled CIOs (59 per cent) indicated that a shortage of qualified workers has contributed to their recruiting troubles. The inability to offer competitive compensation was cited by 20 per cent of respondents.

“Despite a more competitive job market, there are still talent shortages in certain IT specialties, such as applications development, web development and network administration,” Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director at the Toronto-based consultancy, said in a release.

Employers are struggling to find the most qualified candidates and some are more willing than others to negotiate higher compensation to get them on board, Lee added.