BOSTON, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IT workers were more optimistic in the second quarter of 2013, according to the Randstad Technologies IT Employee Confidence Index, which increased five points from the previous quarter to 53.6 in the second quarter. Despite greater signs of optimism about the workplace and the economy, IT workers' confidence trailed the national index, which measures confidence of workers across a range of industries. The study was conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of Randstad Technologies in April, May and June of 2013, among 203 technology industry employees ages 18 and older. "Given the demand for IT talent, we are not surprised to see an increase in confidence numbers. Information technology teams continue to support organizations in unprecedented ways, and leadership is scrambling to find talent to address important priorities," said Bob Dickey, Executive Vice President of Technologies at Randstad US. "Companies are seeking candidates with much needed skill sets, such as SuccessFactors, Microsoft Dynamics, SQL Server, SAP HANA and Workday. We are also seeing higher demand for candidates with an understanding of service-oriented architecture (SOA), java and data architects. Additionally, when you consider the fact that the big data marketplace is expected to grow to $16.9 billion by 2015 according to the International Data Corporation, the sheer volume of talent needed to address this growth will be huge." The Index, released by technology talent and solutions provider Randstad Technologies, showed that though IT employees remain leery in the security of their current position (25 percent say it is likely they will lose their current job in the next 12 months), nearly half (47 percent) are confident in their ability to find a new position if needed. Dickey added that, "While we are seeing some improvement in confidence and in the desire to find a new job, IT workers are often in precarious situations within organizations, working on temporary projects or jumping in to fix problems. As a result, employees may be feeling a level of insecurity around that. The reality is, we are seeing tremendous opportunity for workers with these highly sought-after skills."