With 353 IT executives polled for a recent forecast survey nearly 29% indicated that they plan to increase staffing through the next summer. But what skills are they looking for with new IT employees? This article by Toni Bowers lists some of the skills those IT executives said they'd be looking for in resumes and interviews. Topping the list are the skills of programming and application development, covering website development to upgrading internal systems and the needs of mobile users. Coming in at four and five are networking and business intelligence: 1. Networking-This demand is being fueled partially by virtualization and cloud computing projects. The survey also revealed that execs will be looking for people with VMware and Citrix experience. 2. Business Intelligence-Computerworld interprets this uptick to a focus shift in many companies, from cost savings to investing in technology. That will be nice if it pans out that way. Other skills to be sought out are data center virtualization, web 2.0 tech skills around social media, security, and telecommunications. All of these point to a movement to the cloud and the integration of social media/remote teams. This trend is surely going to expand before it subsides, and gaining the people and resources to support the skills listed within this article will become difficult for executive level IT as the year progresses.