April 18, 2013

Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Hot Tech Salary and Trend Highlights

Choice Salary Tech Ranges - Info from Robert Half 2013 Technology Salary Guide

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 5, 2012

Tech Trends: Job Cuts, Hires, Hot Spots

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Tech Trends

Job Cuts, Hires, Innovation Sectors and Tech Job Hot Spots


Even as job numbers are improving, some big technology companies are cutting jobs. Yahoo!’s announced it would be laying off two thousand workers in an effort to become more profitably focused on Core Media and Communications, Platforms, and Data. HP plans on organizational realignment to improve performance and drive profitable growth across the entire HP portfolio. Google cut several thousand contractors (temporary workers) but those cuts aren’t included in official layoff numbers. Other companies that have announced or are contemplating layoffs include IBM, Sun, AMD, Applied Materials, Akami, Symantec, and Cisco. Nonetheless, nationwide, planned job cuts declined in March to the lowest level since May 2011, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.


The sectors that may absorb some of this tech talent includes: clean tech, alternative energy, biotech, new media, and web 2.0. Big companies that are currently hiring include: Achaogen, Geron, Bio-Rad Labs, Kelly Scientific, Adap-tv, techVenture, and FaceBook. There are also a large number of small start-up companies that are hiring, some working on entirely innovative value propositions and some contracting for functions the big guys have outsourced.


Tech growth is largely in mobile, search, and more broadly communications, where U.S. companies are world leaders. Tech recruiters are thriving, as these sectors lead the growth.


Apps are continuing to grow.  More than 500,000 software programs have been written for Apple’s iPhone alone, and almost a million for iPhone, iPad and Android. According to a study by Michael Mandel done for TechNet the app economy has created approximately 466,000 jobs in the United States, up from zero in 2007 when the iPhone was introduced. This total includes app-related positions at companies including Amazon.com Inc. and employment spillovers to the rest of the economy.


The recent report Employment Effects of Advances in Internet and Wireless Technology by Robert J. Shapiro and Kevin A. Hassett indicates that more advanced 3G and Internet technology spurred around 1,585,000 new jobs from April 2007 to June 2011. Current transition to 4G technologies will also lead to increased investment and job growth. In fact, for every 10 percent increase in the adoption of 3G and 4G technologies, the study estimates a potential gain of 231,000 jobs to the US economy in “less than a year” in many sectors from construction to retail.


According to Dice’s Tom Silva, SVP in North America, Raleigh, NC is at the top of the list of fastest growing cities for tech jobs with 50% year over year growth in job opportunities. The tech sector in Houston, TX is augmented by the oil and gas industry’s strength and shows a 37% year over year increase in open jobs. Portland, OR is benefitting from the emergence of cloud and virtualization jobs. And “from north to south, California has more to offer tech professionals than just Silicon Valley. In Sacramento, firms in healthcare and technology are hiring and tech paychecks have jumped six percent yr/yr to $87,000 on average. In San Diego, tech salaries average more than $85,000 annually, while defense and aerospace companies are recruiting.” The top ten tech jobs growth areas for year over year for March, according to Dice, are: Raleigh, NC; Richmond, VA; Houston; Sacramento; Kansas City; Portland, OR; St. Louis; San Diego; Boston; and Denver.



Where the Jobs Are: The App Economy – Dr. Michael Mandel

The Employment Effects of Advances in Internet and Wireless Technology:
Evaluating the Transitions from 2G to 3G and from 3G to 4G
Robert J. Shapiro and Kevin A. Hassett 



February 2, 2012

Conspiracy Theories – Ed Techie Buzz by Dr. Mark Winegar

Conspiracy TheoriesDr. Mark Winegar

Ed Techie Buzz by Dr. Mark Winegar


The “ed tech” discussion boards are buzzing with the usual suspects and conspiracy theorists hinting at a takeover attempt of education by Apple Inc.. Their fears are based on Apple’s new e-Book authoring system and iTunes University.


While iTunes University is an attractive LMS (Learning Management System) so are COURSEsites by Blackboard, and Moodle. All three are free! All three essentially offer the same capabilities. However, iTunes University is open only to institutions. (more…)


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