January 2014

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  • December 2013 IT Employment Index

    Rate of IT Employment Growth Continues to Decelerate;  Engineering Jobs Grow Modestly in December   Alexandria, VA, January 14, 2014 – The number of IT jobs grew 0.03 percent sequentially last month to 4,521,400, according to TechServe Alliance, the national trade association of the IT & Engineering Staffing and Solutions industry. On a year-over-year basis, […]

  • Met Life Leads Raleigh’s Tech Hiring Surge

    What’s New This Quarter Of the 500 fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and clean tech companies in North America, according to  Deloitte’s 2013 Technology Fast 500 ranking , two Triangle firms cracked the top 10. MaxPoint Interactive’s revenue growth from 2008 to 2012 was an impressive 31,723 percent, and BioDelivery Sciences International’s was 20,539 percent. (Yes, you read those numbers right.) “The demand for IT talent will continue to increase in 2014 in the Raleigh-Durham area,” says Mary Bailey, Raleigh Senior Account Executive for recruiting firm Randstad . “In addition to a number of employers growing their IT departments due to new product offerings, there are several companies moving operations and facilities to the area who have very large hiring initiatives in 2014. Demand will continue to surpass supply. Employers will have to get very creative to attract and retain top talent.” One big example of what Bailey is talking about: MetLife, which broke ground on its new global technology hub in Cary in November. The hub will house the infrastructure that enables the life insurance firm to deliver its services, along with researchers that will develop new ways to use analytics technology. MetLife is aggressively recruiting for more than 1,000 positions over the next 18 months in engineering, development, app maintenance, IT risk and security and tech support, and it’s looking at all experience levels. In fact, Raleigh is getting a lot of attention for generating tech jobs. Forbes ranked the 52 largest U.S. metropolitan areas by their growth in tech employment from 2001 to 2013, as well as for growth from 2010 to 2013. It found Raleigh came in second. According to Forbes, the area’s tech industry employment grew 54.7 percent from 2001 to 2013, and its STEM occupations grew 24.6 percent. Forbes credited much of the growth to global companies such as IBM, GSK, Syngenta, RTI International, Credit Suisse, and Cisco . Skills in Demand Sixty seven percent of the Raleigh technology executives surveyed by Robert Half Technology said that network administration is among the skill sets in greatest demand within their IT departments. Desktop support and Windows administration followed. Local recruiters say demand is strongest for database managers, desktop support staff, Web developers specializing in Java and .NET, business intelligence experts and data warehousing experts. At the North Carolina Technology Association, the majority of job postings for the quarter were in systems engineering and support, IT management, and software management. “Business intelligence, data analytics, cloud computing and mobile application development will continue to be hot skill sets,” says Randstad’s Bailey. “We have a number of clients re-designing and re-engineering products for the cloud and creating data analytics groups to look at trends in customer data to determine how to increase revenue.” Salary Trends According to TechAmerica’s Cyberstates 2013 report, North Carolina has a strong and well compensated tech industry, with an annual average wage of $84,300 (ranked 20th among all states), more than double the average private sector wage of $41,800. That makes it one of only eight states with an average tech wage that’s double its average private sector pay. According to Robert Half Technology, 15 percent of Raleigh-area CIOs plan to expand their teams in the first half of 2014. Another 65 percent plan to hire for open IT roles. Eighty four percent of Raleigh-area CIOs were optimistic about their companies’ prospects for growth in the first half of 2014, and 70 percent felt confident in their firms’ plans to invest in IT projects. However, a November report from the North Carolina Technology Association said IT labor demand is back around the levels seen at the beginning of 2013, suggesting employers are hiring when they have specific needs but pulling back as projects are completed. Things may pick up next year, when IT employment growth of seven percent is expected, according to the NCTA. Leading Industries Biotech/Science Pharmaceuticals Financial Services Information Technology Healthcare Local Employment and Research Resources NCTechNews News & Observer/Technology North Carolina Technology Association TechJournal Triangle Business Journal WRAL TechWire The post Met Life Leads Raleigh’s Tech Hiring Surge appeared first on Dice News .

  • The Cities Creating the Most New Technology Jobs

    Editor’s Note: As a recruiter, I’m always interested in research that gives a glimpse into what the IT job market looks like.  I’m not only interested in WHAT’S growing, but WHERE it’s taking place.  Growth areas are low taxes, affordable costs of living, etc. [hr] With the social media frenzy at a fever pitch, people […]

  • Computer Sector Ranks No. 5 on Job Cuts

    Although the computer industry generated the fifth largest number of job cuts last year, it’s poised to post strong gains in certain slivers of the sector in the new year, according to a Challenger, Gray & Christmas report released Friday. The computer sector lost 35,136 jobs last year, according to the report, as Hewlett-Packard cut tens of thousands of employees from its payroll and companies like Cisco and Intel also announced large cuts. In the month of December alone, the computer sector lost 5,578 jobs – up more than five times the amount lost the same period a year ago. Despite the grim news, the computer sector managed to exit 2013 with fewer layoffs overall than 2012, notes Challenger Gray. In fact, job cuts were down 24 percent in the computer sector last year and the industry ranked third in terms of hiring announcements, with 26,000 employees added to the payroll.   “Our hiring total represents a tiny fraction of the actual job creation, since most employers do not formally announce hiring plans. Computer science, information technology, electronics manufacturing and telecommunications will continue to be strong job generators in the 2014 economy,” says John Challenger, CEO of the Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. He added the computer sector will benefit as new companies form and existing companies expand their products and services related to Big Data, cloud computing, and security. Everybody Else For 2013, employers reported 509,051 cuts, down 3 percent from 2012 and the lowest yearly total since 1997, the Challenger data showed. “The recovery has been slow, but every year since the recession has been better than the previous one,” says Challenger. New York-based firms slashed the most jobs in 2013, with cuts of 82,952. California firms came in second with 59,535 cuts. The rate of layoffs at U.S. firms also improved for the month of December, with the number of planned cuts falling 32 percent when compared to November. Employers announced 30,623 layoffs in December, dropping from 45,314 in November, according to Challenger Gray. The last time employers reported a lower number of job cuts was June 2000, when they announced 17,241 planned layoffs. On the other side of the employment spectrum, job growth is showing signs of a slow recovery. The U.S. Department of Labor indicated on Friday that total non-farm payroll employment inched up 74,000. The U.S. non-farm payrolls report was forecasted to add 196,000 jobs in December, according to Reuters. However, the unemployment rate declined to 6.7 percent in December from 7.0 in the previous month. The post Computer Sector Ranks No. 5 on Job Cuts appeared first on Dice News .

  • How To Land the Job, Even If You’re Not a Perfect Fit

    A member of our Dice Community asks: I’m not a perfect fit for the job based upon the posting. How do I convince them to hire me anyway? Let’s start by assuming your skills and interests basically fit with the role, even if you don’t have all of the requirements it calls for. Although most managers won’t hire a total novice for a complex technical role, they may select candidates who best fit their company’s environment, since a poor cultural match often leads to someone quitting – or being let go – before much time has passed. To prevail, you need to emphasize your strengths and environmental fit while minimizing the skills you lack. Here’s how to do it. Start by customizing your resume and cover letter toward the environment and the manager’s needs. Using language similar to that of the job posting and offering a customized value proposition will make you seem like an insider, and give you an edge over more qualified candidates. Next, go out of your way to bond with everyone you meet during interviews and propose a plan to overcome your shortcomings. For instance, say something like, “I’m willing to work nights and weekends to improve my C++ skills. I didn’t know Python when I started my last job. Yet, I was writing pretty clean code within a few weeks.” Then be ready to summarize your strengths and quantify your value. The manager may be willing to take a chance if the plusses on your balance sheet outweigh the minuses. If the manager’s still reluctant, reduce the risk by providing additional proof of your strengths, things like coding samples or references. Or, you could offer to start out on a contract basis. Most managers would rather hire a sharp, trainable candidate with a great attitude. Don’t under-estimate the persuasive power of positive vibes. Have you landed a job where you didn’t quite fit? Tell us about it in the comments below. Send your job search questions to editor@Dice.com . The post How To Land the Job, Even If You’re Not a Perfect Fit appeared first on Dice News .

  • SAP-Related Product Sales and Salaries to Rise

    Employers continue to pay a premium for SAP skills and some talented pros might be more apt to go job-shopping this year than in the past. A survey by consulting and staffing company Red Commerce found three-quarters of SAP pros are planning to look for a new job in the next year. Drivers for this grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side-of-the-fence mentality may reside with growth in SAP’s core ERP products, which may prompt SAP pros to seek other opportunities at other SAP-related vendors. Additionally, salaries are expected to rise by 6 percent in 2014 for SAP professionals. SAP Grows Core Products In the past 24 months, demand has grown in what Glenn Sward, vice president of talent acquisition for SAP Americas, calls “hot developing areas,” such as HANA , broader database skills, mobility and integration of SAP to more of a cloud-based software from on-premise software. Many of the jobs will be with service partners, such as Deloitte , Accenture and others who implement SAP products, as well as SAP customer companies. “When SAP sells a lot of software, Deloitte’s SAP practice benefits, our other ecosystem partners benefit, channel partners benefit, and all that creates jobs. It’s almost its own economy,” Sward says. Demand for SAP pros is expected to remain strong in the coming years, says New York recruiter Steve Levy, a former engineer now at outside-the-box Consulting. “[These projects] are like big Cunard cruise liners – they don’t turn on a dime…With the investment companies have made in SAP, it’s not going away anytime soon,” he says. “Companies are going to have to create, buy or rent the competencies they need…. They’re looking for both internal and external insights. It’s becoming a new class of data science.” Most organizations are still trying to figure out what insights are in their data, Levy noted, adding, companies do not do a good job of developing SAP competency, so they’re always looking for IT pros who can help them. Show Me the Money Salaries in ERP applications development have risen by roughly 6 percent, according to the 2014 salary guide from Robert Half Technology . That compares with roughly 4 percent in the 2013 version. And for those IT workers who have SAP development skills, the Robert Half Technology salary guide recommends adding an additional 8 percent to their annual salaries. What’s rising in value? Skills in SAP Retail, project systems, security, a group of operational skills, methodology-related skills, quality management, master data management  and service management, according to David Foote, CEO of analyst firm Foote Partners. A salary survey conducted by SaaS ERP integrator Panaya reported SAP pros received a raise last year as well, and also found: Employees of SAP customers earned a median salary of $96,100, which is 11 percent higher than the median salary of those working for SAP partners/integrators, which was $86,400. The highest salaries for SAP pros are in aerospace and defense, $126,000, healthcare, $110,700, and financial services, $110,000, while the lowest are in the public sector and education, $87,750, logistics & transportation, $86,400, and communications, $80,000. The median salary for SAP pros with 10 years of experience is $120,000, while those with 1 to 3 years of experience earn an average of $53,500. Complaints from SAP pros centered on having more responsibilities, 54 percent, and having to do more with fewer resources, 50 percent. That could have something to do with their desire to look for new opportunities. The post SAP-Related Product Sales and Salaries to Rise appeared first on Dice News .