May 16, 2013
IT Employment Steaming Along
IT Staffing Companies Staying Busy
A Few Little Dips in the Last 12 Months, But Overall Great Upward Trajectory Hitting a New All-time High in April
TechServe Alliance, made up of tens of thousands of IT & Engineering staffing and solutions firms, clients, consultants and suppliers, tracks industry jobs via the IT Employment Index.
Over the last year, there have be a few dips in the Index, but April saw another all-time high with IT jobs hitting 4,424,200 (0.24% growth over last month, and 5.1% since April 2012).
“IT continues to handily outperform most other sectors with an annual growth rate of more than three times the growth rate of the general workforce.” Said Mark Roberts, the CEO of TechServe Alliance.
IT Staffing firms are very busy, more so than other staffing sectors, reports the recent 2013 TechServe Alliance Operating Practices Report. IT Staffing firms are also more profitable, undoubtedly because the demand for IT talent is acute.
“The biggest IT challenge at the moment is finding and attracting enough talent,” reports Greg Schreiner, IT Recruiter at Redfish Technology. “There is a lot of demand for many technology skills and companies are vying to attract and retain talent professionals. We feel this talent shortage will continue to be an issue over the next few years. We also offer strategies for hiring the best tech talent.”
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Hundreds of IT & Engineering staffing and solutions firms and tens of thousands of affiliated professionals, count on TechServe Alliance to keep their leadership informed, engaged and connected. TechServe Alliance serves as the voice of the industry before the policymakers and the national and trade press.
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April 25, 2013
Hiring Trends – StartUps Silicon Valley Bank
Tech Needs Talent!
Clean Tech and High Tech Trends
Eighty seven percent of technology startups plan to hire new employees in 2013, which is great news for tech talent. But it means competition for companies trying to attract and retain excellent human capital.
A new report by Silicon Valley Bank shows that in the US, hiring by technology, life science and cleantech companies is up 14% from four years ago when the annual survey began. Software companies plan to do the most hiring, with 90% planning to increase the size of their workforces this year.
The Startup Outlook study, conducted by SVB indicates that 74% of U.S. startups report that business is looking better this year. Texas startups are leading the hiring, followed by the states of Washington, Massachusetts, California, and New York.
The skills that are in highest demand are Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as other business skills in management, operations, sales, and marketing, with most companies seeking a combination of STEM skills and business aptitude.
Startup employers face the challenges of funding salaries and benefits, and competition for needed talent. “Tech companies are a bright spot in the economy worldwide, which is evident from the significant number of startups in the US and the UK that expect to grow and hire this year,” said Greg Becker, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Bank.
A very spiffy interactive hiring report can be engaged with for both the US and the UK on SVB’s website. Results of the survey are being released in a series of reports, which are available at http://www.svb.com/startup-outlook-report.
April 18, 2013
Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights
Choice Salary Tech Ranges – Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide
from the Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide
“Money may not be all IT employees consider when choosing to join or stay with your firm, but it’s certainly one of their key benchmarks.”
Attracting and retaining top tech talent requires a concerted plan. To attract the best and brightest, companies must be dynamic and growing, and must provide a work environment and benefits that motivate employees.
A lot of leading edge tech companies offer gyms, free healthy lunches, child care, transportation, flextime, work from home, and professional development opportunities in addition to good health insurance, 401Ks, and options. As the market improves, the competition over top talent only becomes more acute. Whether actively looking for new opportunities or not, top talent is being pitched on a consistent basis. In addition to these perks and benefits, your employees are shopping salaries. (more…)
April 4, 2013
Affordable, Scalable Clean Energy Storage and Reuse
A Revolution for the Hydrogen Economy?
Clean Tech Trends
An exciting new discovery has been made by Canadian scientists that would allow the electrolysis of water for hydrogen generation. The discovery would allow renewable energy to be stored and reused at a cost of 1000 less than technologies previously developed.
One of the biggest impediments to affordable renewable energy use on a mass-scale has been timing. Peak use does not necessarily coincide with peak production of wind and solar energy, and storing the energy has not been an affordable option.
Such energy is clean and renewable, but it’s available only when the sun is shining or the wind is blowing. The new technology opens the door to homeowners and energy companies being able to easily store and reuse solar and wind power.
April 1, 2013
Redfish Technology Inc. Acquires DICE.com in Surprise Move
Completely unforeseen by industry analysts, Redfish Technology pulls off a surprise acquisition of Dice.com. Redfish will now offer even more extraordinary value to both candidates and client technology companies.
April 1, 2013 – Sun Valley, ID / Milpitas, CA / Newport, RI
Redfish Technology, Inc. (NYSE:RED), a leading nationwide recruiting company focused in the high tech and cleantech sectors, announced today that it has acquired Dice.com from Dice Holdings, Inc. This acquisition marks Redfish’s expansion into the career website market.
“Dice Holdings approached me last quarter about acquiring Redfish Technology,” reported Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology. “Redfish’s growing number of clients and the increasing hiring made us a logical complement to the voluminous technology talent that Dice encompasses.” (more…)
March 28, 2013
March 15, 2013
“The Run Off” – One Week From Today. Who Will Be the Winner?
Win a $100 Starbucks Gift Certificate as the Redfish Recruiters Square Off to Settle the Office Squabble Once and For All
One week from today, the recruiters at Redfish will put to rest the office debate of “Who Can Run Farther” Play on Redfish’s Facebook page to enter drawing for a $100 Starbucks gift certificate.
How often does an office squabble result in a $100 Starbucks gift certificate for the audience and a run to the finish for our local heroes? “Not often enough,” stated Leah O’Flynn. “The winner of the race will earn eternal bragging rights, and maybe the rest of us will get a little peace.”
Taking it to the street, in an all-out race to the finish, Greg Schreiner and Logan Knight, IT Recruiters, will face off to settle the question of who can run farther once and for all in “The Run Off” on March 22. The last man running will earn eternal bragging rights.
“I’ve voted. Have you?” chuckled colleague Jon Piggins. “Just “like” the Redfish Facebook page, join “The Run Off” event and vote for one of these guys and you could win a $100 gift certificate.”
Official Contest Rules – Grand Prize: $100 Starbucks gift certificate.
1. “LIKE” the Redfish Technology Inc. Facebook page.
2. JOIN our “The Run Off” event.
3. VOTE on who you think will win.
Participants are invited to add words of encouragement and make race predictions.
Learn more about the contestants: In the run up to The Run Off, more information will be posted on the athlete’s training and equipment, innate abilities and large statements, and perhaps any auspicious horoscopes.
Greg Schreiner Infographic
Greg “Schrein-Dog” Schreiner, an avid hamstring puller, wears a compression sleeve when he plays basketball. In a statement prepared by his trainer, it is reported that Greg has been skipping boot camp and laying off the Powered Pig at Snow Bunny drive-through.
Logan Knight Infographic
Logan “The Gazelle” Knight, a basketball player who hates weights, was heard in the hallways saying “I’m gonna have to start running now”. Nonetheless, Logan is racking up the votes on the “The Run Off” Facebook event page, and is confident that his “gazelle legs will propel him to victory”.
Visit the company’s Facebook page for Infographics measuring up the Redfish athletes.
Contestants need not be present to win, but all are welcome.
The race starts at 1:00 at 416 S. Main Street, Hailey. Ride your bike, scooter or roller skates to follow along and cheer your favored athlete.
About Redfish Technology
Nationwide IT and Clean Tech executive search firm, Redfish Technology provides full service recruiting, partnering with leading organizations to provide the next generation of high tech and renewable energy talent in C-Suite, Marketing, Sales, Development, and Engineering. Redfish has been recognized in the Forbes “2011 Investment Guide” as a top recruiter out of more than 7,500 executive search firms and staffing agencies. – Hire the Best Talent Now
March 14, 2013
20000th Job Order
Redfish Technology Hits 20,000th Job Order
2013 Outlook Great
Announcing the 20,000th job order received in March 2013, Redfish Technology, provider of nationwide executive high tech and clean tech recruiting services looks forward to a great year in 2013.
“I wish I could have filled them all,” stated Rob Reeves, President and CEO of Redfish Technology, with his classically dry wit. “We have however doubled production a couple times over the last few years, and 2013 looks set to top last year already.”
Job placement highlights over the last 12 months include filling roles such as Insight Architect, PHP/LAMP Developer, RVP of Sales, VP of Engineering, Account Manager, Business Development Director, Inside Sales Representative, Central Regional Sales Manager, Senior Value Consultant, Chief Technology Officer, and Director of Channel Sales. (more…)
March 7, 2013
Top 5 Reasons for a Post Bubble Party
by Greg Neichin (reposted with permission, from the Cleantech blog.)
It is quite fashionable these days, especially amongst those in and around Silicon Valley, to talk about the demise of cleantech. This discussion has always seemed silly to me.
There are only two groups fascinated by this dialogue: (a) US investors who were burned in deals that they likely should not have touched in the first place and (b) industry pundits & consultants with too much time on their hands. Both of these groups are frustrated and vocal, so they create substantial noise, but far less signal.
As Khosla Venture’s Andrew Chung recently said, in a thoughtful piece by Katie Fehrenbacher covering the “cleantech is dead” meme, “venture is a highly cyclical business”. (more…)
February 28, 2013
Startup Outlook 2013 – Silicon Valley Bank
CleanTech/High Tech Trends: Start Up Hiring & Retention Struggles, Silicon Bank Survey Reports
Hiring and Retention of Tech Talent is a Challenge.
“Every time I meet with a group of tech company CEOs they say the same thing: hiring world-class talent is one of their biggest challenges. They struggle to find, attract and retain the engineering, scientific and technical talent they need to grow their businesses.” – Greg Becker, President and Chief Executive Officer, Silicon Valley Bank.
February 14, 2013
Considering a Start-Up Location?
Oklahoma City May Be the Best Place to Do It
Different than Silicon Valley and The Big Apple in many ways, landlocked Oklahoma City may not immediately seem like your first choice when it comes to starting a business. But you may start to reconsider the land of Big Oil after realizing the lively innovation scene and livability of this medium-sized city. Packed with 10-gallon hats and investors who want to keep their hometown thriving, OKC is the place to be for just-getting-started small business owners.
January 31, 2013
Tech Trends: The Mobile Wave
Catching a wave is about timing, positioning and paddling hard.
In the recent book by technologist Michael Saylor, CEO of MicroStrategy The Mobile Wave: How Mobile Intelligence Will Change Everything, Saylor argues that coming indispensability of mobile technologies. This “the fifth wave of computer technology” will transform the possibilities of mobile computing on business, society, economies and everyday life. (more…)
January 24, 2013
SEIA – Solar Energy Facts, from website: www.seia.or
Clean Tech Trends: Solar
Great Strides in Affordability Made, Many Opportunities Ahead
Solar had a great third quarter in 2012, it was in fact the third largest on record for the U.S. Solar industry. The U.S. market installed 1,992 MW in the first three quarters, exceeding 2011’s annual total of 1,885 MW. 2012’s total is estimated to surpass 3,000 MW. The U.S. total is now over 6.400 MW, enough to power more than 1 million American households.
The growing affordability due to falling costs has spurred the expansion. Q3 2012’s average cost of a completed PV system dropped by 33% since the beginning 2011. Solar panel prices decreased by 58% in that same time period according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. (more…)
January 3, 2013
Global cleantech to “backtrack” in 2013, predicts consulting & analysis firm Kachan & Co.
Cleantech venture investment expected to decline even further, corporate involvement to increase, and long-term risks coming in solar, wind, electric vehicles and elsewhere, says company
Developments in 2013 will call into question some of cleantech’s traditional leading indicators of health, and risks will develop with the sector’s stalwart solar, wind and electric vehicle and other markets while others will grow, according to cleantech analysis and consulting firm Kachan & Co. (more…)
December 27, 2012
Exciting, Well-Paying Tech Jobs in 2013
The recent study by 2013 Salary Guides from Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group shows exciting promise for salary gains in information technology (IT) and creative roles. There is a high demand for these professionals as companies focus on building and improving their digital communications and make investments in IT infrastructure.
“The pressure on salaries is being felt wherever there is competition for tech savvy talent,” stated Logan Knight, IT Recruiter at Redfish Technology. “We are seeing a trend of rising pay for top-notch IT talent extends across industries such as healthcare IT, social and mobile applications, and big data.” (more…)
December 13, 2012
December 6, 2012
Industries That Will Be ‘Green’ Hot in 2013!
Solar Panel Manufacturing, and Green & Sustainable Building Construction including Energy Efficiency are leading the green sectors in terms of fastest growing industries for 2013-2017. According to IBISWorld Inc.’s Top 10 Fastest- Growing Industries report the Green & Sustainable Building Construction looks set to surpass 20% growth year over year from 2013 through 2016, reaching $124,693M in 2013 and attaining $287,868M by 2017. Solar Panel Manufacturing is predicted to grow by between 4 and 11% each of the consecutive years 2013-2017, with revenue forecast at $5,030M in 2013 and $6,828M in 2017. (more…)
November 1, 2012
Tech Trends: Big Data Opportunities
How big is Big Data?
Walmart handles more than 1 million customer transactions per hour, over 400 million tweets are sent per day, over 6 billion cell phone calls per day in the U.S., 10,000 payment card transactions made every second worldwide, etc., etc. Just imagine the hard drive and computing power the NSA needs to record all electronic communications across the entire world. (more…)
October 25, 2012
Pacific States Taking the Lead in Advanced Transportation, Green Buildings, Clean Electricity, and Clean Tech Investment
Find more on the Clean Edge Website
Information from the Clean Edge 2012 U.S. Metro Clean Tech Index
You probably already know the Clean Edge State Clean Energy Index but have you seen the new Metro Clean Tech Index? This report evaluates the biggest 50 metro areas to highlight clean-tech leadership, innovation, and cluster development. The evaluation categories focus on four sectors: green buildings; advanced transportation; clean electricity & carbon management; and clean-tech investment, innovation, & workforce. (more…)
October 11, 2012
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The 100 Most Promising Private Cleantech Companies
The Cleantech Group LLC has recently published its “2012 Global Cleantech 100” report – an exciting list of the most promising privately-held Cleantech companies replete with thoughtful and well-researched information on the various component sectors. Redfish Technology is proud of the recruiting relationships we have with a large number of these winning cleantech firms. (more…)