Salary Information Reports:
Software / IT / STEM
The Computerworld IT Salary Survey 2015 focuses on IT talent, and their report shows that there are noteworthy gains in the sector after several years of slower wage growth.
Averaging a range of positions, the average total compensation has increased 3.6% in 2015, compared to 2.0% in 2014. On average survey respondents reports total compensation for specific positions at: Business intelligence analyst $90,237, Systems administrator $71,907, Software engineer $104,156, Systems architect $117,409, Product manager $112,427, Internet technology architect/strategist $141,447.
The report states that 49% of those surveyed report that base pay is among the most important aspects of their current jobs, followed at 44% by job stability. 60% of those looking for a new job are motivated by higher compensation. Companies that require cutting-edge IT skills are offering greater salaries and bonuses to lure talented tech workers. Read more »
Cyber Crime & Internet/Email Security Costs & Solutions
The tenth annual 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by IBM, reports that the average cost for each lost or stolen record with sensitive or confidential information as grown from $201 to $217, and the average cost paid by companies located in the U.S. has gone from $5.9 million to $6.5 million. That is an 11% increase in the total cost of data breach, and there has been an 8% increase in the cost per lost or stolen record. 49% of data breach incidents are malicious or criminal attacks, 19% caused by negligent employees, and 32% result from Read more »
Internet and Mobile Penetration: From Gaming to Computing Everywhere
The 2015 Internet Trends report by KPCB’s Mary Meeker presents a lot of fun facts about internet usage and trends. US internet accessibility has hit 84% of the population already, and approximately 64% of Americans have smartphone subscriptions. Worldwide there are 2.8 billion Internet users (+ 8% over last year), and 2.1 billion mobile Internet users (+23%). Mobile data usage went up 69% last year, and 55% of that mobile data is from video.
The report also tells us that the user-generated live gaming / streaming audience is growing by 122% year over year. Internet offerings are expanding beyond gaming to music and movies, with content like exclusive live concerts and video game documentaries. Read more »
AdTech & Data Technology
AdTech and Predictive Analytics are offering amazing capabilities to marketers across sectors from social networks to digital media and business intelligence.
Verizon just paid $4.4 billion for AOL, and it wasn’t to send email to your grandmother. Verizon bought AOL for its ad tech business; the revenue from this business grew at over 40% last November and 21% in its most recent quarter reports the Verge.
With over 55% of U.S. internet usage now on mobile, and this so-called ‘Mobile Majority’ spends Read more »
Tech salaries leading the way overall, but not so much for women.
Technology professionals have higher salaries overall
In San Francisco, which is a leading are for top pay in tech, health care, and finance, even for new grads the pay is rising faster than other areas. Annual full-time salaries in San Francisco increased by an average of 2.8% from the first quarter of 2014 to 2015, whereas nationally the increase was only 1.8% during the same time.
Glassdoor’s top three highest-paying positions in the City are all in tech Read more »
An exciting billion dollar sector with bleeding-edge technology and amazing career opportunities.
Data Security is a billion dollar issue. There’s never a shortage of date breaches and compromises, hacks and mistakes in the news. As technology permeates every nook and cranny of our lives, and devices become further interconnected, and more and more data about every aspect of consumers is stockpiled, the risks of that data being exploited malevolently multiply.
Web business have been especially hard-hit: Ebay was hacked and had 145,000,000 records stolen this year Read more »
Weekly Career Recruiting Spotlight
Region Sales Director, Salesforce Developer Administrator, Senior Account Executive
This week, our tech recruiting priorities are: Region Sales Director – Inbound Call Marketing Solutions; Salesforce Developer Administrator – Software Development; Senior Account Executive – Enterprise Big Data; and Read more »
Tech Trends – Digital Strategy 2015
from Algorithms to Uber
Released at the end of last year, digital strategy firm Webbmedia Group’s annual report on technology trends that will affect media in 2015 is astounding! It nails the disruptive technologies that will affect consumer behavior and impact business strategy in the coming year.
Covering subjects from Algorithms to Uber, and mentioning companies from Advanced Medical Technology Association to Zendesk, this report runs the gamut of cool technologies and ideas trending Read more »
Tech Salary Trends
Salaries Continue to Rise, Especially in Key Sectors, for Key Skills
There’s great news in the tech industry as far as salaries go! US Tech Salaries and Bonuses are on the rise. The latest Dice Salary Survey reports a 2% annual salary increase over last year on average. Bonuses were also up for 37% of tech professionals, with a $9,538 bonus on average. Over the last five years, average tech salaries have grown each year – 2010: 0.7%, 2011: 2.4%, 2012: 5.3%, 2013: 2.6%, Read more »
Top Certifications for 2015
Security, Business, Networking, Software/Hardware
Tech skills and certifications are important for all roles from the engineering side to project management. There are several recent surveys that highlight the certifications that are most in demand or that provide the best pay off. This article highlights a few of those surveys (with links to them) as well as discussed general skills trends that Redfish Technology has identified.
According to the UCLA Extension, tech certifications that make the most impact on your career and pay scale are the Microsoft Certified IT Professional, and the Cisco Certified Network Associate. A+, Server+, ACMT are the top hardware/software certifications requested in IT job postings.
The IT professionals merit badge is Read more »