Competition for talent to increase next year — modestly

As far as the economy goes, 2010 wasn’t a great year, but things did show signs of improvement.

Next year, 48% of IT departments plan on adding staff, according to a recent survey conducted by research firm Computer Economics. That’s compared to 11% that say they’ll cut employees in 2011.

Gains in jobs are on the way as companies that had previously laid off workers are starting new projects and getting slight gains in their tech budgets — IT departments are preparing for, on average, an extra 2% in spending.

One change in hiring strategy compared to previous years: Computer Economics says more companies are focusing on specific IT skills they need to complete projects. For many, that means hiring full-time employees that meet their needs, but others are targeting part-timers and contractors.

What are your department’s staffing plans for the coming year? Let us know in the comments section.