But more increasingly doubt their IT department has the necessary skills levels it said.

CIOs are taking on more strategic business roles with 76% surveyed saying they think their roles have tended to move towards strategic areas, according to ‘A CIO Perspective: 2007 Strategic Leadership’ survey, from recruitment consultants, Harvey Nash. This is compared with 67% saying this was the case last year.

Sixty-six per cent of the 519 CIOs surveyed have already seen their job remit expand, but only 18% said there teams were ‘excellent’ in terms of aligning with the business, where 38% thought so last year.

Simon La Fosse, Harvey Nash CIO practice leader said: ‘The role of the CIO has been developing, but their team is a little behind. CIOs must develop the talent in their team and focus on business competencies.’

Most CIOs (63%) think IT operational delivery and maintenance is important but again, their teams are falling short of expectations where only 30% believe their team is excellent, compared with 38% last year.