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  • Why Tech Pros Aren’t Happy


    In a bid to keep top tech talent in the building, some tech companies have resorted to extraordinary perks, from free sushi at lunch to in-house gyms and dry cleaning. But is the talent actually happy? According to a new survey, software engineers, developers, and sysadmins are pretty miserable in the office.

    The company conducting the survey, TinyPulse, asked 5,000 employees in the tech space about their individual experience on the job, including overall happiness. Only 19 percent of respondents felt overwhelmingly positive about their work life; another 17 percent said they felt valued at work; and a mere 47 percent believed they had strong relationships with co-workers.

    Compared with the responses from employees in marketing and finance (also surveyed by TinyPulse), those numbers are dismal. In addition to generalized unhappiness, only 36 percent of tech employees felt their promotion and career path were clear—compared to 50 percent of non-tech employees.

    “There’s widespread workplace dissatisfaction in the tech space, and it’s undermining the happiness and engagement of these employees,” TinyPulse concluded. “The problem goes beyond workplace satisfaction—Gallup found that engagement is one of the key ingredients for employee innovation.”

    These survey results indicate something that should be obvious to any company, large or small: While conventional perks are great, employees are also looking for a broader sense of mission, and want to feel that they’re valued by the larger organization. Encouraging strong relationships between co-workers can also help mitigate feelings of unhappiness. Free sushi only goes so far.

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  • Will Tech Unemployment Keep Declining?


    The U.S. unemployment rate hit 5.1 percent in August, the lowest in seven and a half years, although actual job growth seemed to slow.

    Those in the technology industry know it’s a robust labor market; the unemployment rate for tech workers hit 2.9 percent in August, a decline from 3.4 percent in July (and a tad below the 3.1 percent hit in August 2014).

    Over the past several quarters, programmers and software developers have enjoyed some substantial dips in their respective unemployment rates, although the numbers have been far more mixed for Web developers, network and systems administrators, support specialists, and others. Computer and electronic manufacturing continues to lose jobs, thanks in large part to slackening demand for hardware such as PCs.

    “The continuing trends of ‘everything-as-a-service,’ ‘software-defined everything’ and the proliferation of devices and applications requiring integration and support have spurred hiring by a wide range of IT companies,” Tim Herbert, senior vice president of research and market intelligence for CompTIA, wrote in a statement accompanying that organization’s August report about the state of the tech industry.

    CompTIA’s data suggested that the tech industry had managed to generate jobs in 14 of the 18 months between January 2014 and June 2015.

    Does that mean the unemployment rate for tech pros will continue to dip? It’s impossible to predict; while the tech industry remains strong, it’s still subject to macroeconomic trends. At the same time, it doesn’t seem as if the appetite for tech pros who specialize in cloud-based services or software development will slacken anytime soon.

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  • In Raleigh, Healthcare Tech Remains Job-Driver


    The tech market in Raleigh, North Carolina continues to grow at a steady clip, led by the healthcare IT industry and its continuing need for data analysts, software engineers, and senior architects.

    The area’s Research Triangle (known by some as simply “The Triangle”) fulfills many of the requirements for solid startup growth, including easy access to Raleigh and Durham, as well as numerous universities. Sciences and healthcare in particular are seeing a lot of innovation, said Adrienne Cole, executive director of Wake County Economic Development.

    Companies Hiring

    Larger healthcare employers, including Allscripts and Siemens’ healthcare division, have been adding tech positions in the metro area, including some for software engineers. But it’s not just limited to healthcare, or even startups. “Companies outside of tech are adding IT professionals at a greater pace than tech companies in the region,” said Brooks Raiford, president and CEO at the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA).

    As the NCTA notes, there are about 254,000 tech workers in North Carolina working for non-tech companies, versus 220,000 workers directly employed by the tech industry. Companies such as MetLife, which has its global technology hub in Raleigh, as well as Deutsche Bank Global Technologies, are actively looking for tech talent, Raiford added.

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    Skills in Demand

    Employers are in need of people with C and C++ skills, in addition to Java, PHP, Python and Ruby. “There’s a big demand for strong UI/UX talent and folks with some of the newer JavaScript libraries under their belt,” said Zane Sosna, Raleigh’s branch manager at Robert Half Technology. Tech professionals with cloud, Web, and mobile development skills are in short supply and big demand. Project manager positions are also on the rise.

    For example, Red Hat is hiring, on the lookout for technical support engineers for OpenShift and OpenStack, in addition to senior software engineers with Java and Python development skills. DeLisa Alexander, executive vice president and chief people officer for Red Hat, predicts more hiring down the road: “We’re seeing increasing demand for our portfolio of solutions. You can expect to see us continue to grow our headcount to keep pace with that demand.”

    Salary Trends

    According to the 2015-2014 Dice Salary Survey, tech professionals in the Raleigh metro area received a 2.3 percent bump in pay to top out at an average salary of $87,532 in 2014. “Salaries are rising, and demand is exceeding the supply,” Sosna said. “The rock star developers might have four or five great opportunities on the table.”

    Employers want people with the latest and greatest skills, and they’re willing to pay for it. There’s upward pressure on salaries for the right people. Developers with a minimal amount of experience—three to four years under their belt—are easily commanding $80,000 to $90,000 in pay, noted Sosna. Tech professionals with “in-demand skills” and five or more years of expertise in the field can earn $125,000 to $130,000.

    Tweaking the Culture

    Small and new companies without the name-brand appeal are having a challenging time getting the right people. “Startup and mid-level companies can’t always compete with bigger companies, so they’re trying to recruit and retain people by creating the right culture,” Sosna said. That might mean more perks, such as allowing employees to work remotely.

    The competition for talent is forcing tech companies and companies in other sectors to be creative when it comes to recruiting tech pros. According to a Robert Half Technology survey of Raleigh-area CIOs, employers are upping networking activities and referral bonuses, as well as using additional consultants to fill the gap.

    Jobs in Demand

    According to Wake County Economic Development, the top 10 reoccurring jobs in demand in the region breaks down as follows:

    • Software Developer
    • Cloud Security – Analysts, Cloud IT Engineers
    • IT Specialist
    • Technical Support Engineer
    • Support Specialist, Support Engineer, Support Analyst
    • Systems Engineer
    • Network Engineer
    • Security – Analyst/Specialist/ Engineer
    • IT Project Managers
    • Customer Support Specialist, Customer Support Representative, and Technical Support Representative

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  • The White House’s New Plan for Hiring Tech Pros

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    If you’re a tech pro—or aspire to become one—President Obama wants to find you a job.

    The White House has announced the “TechHire initiative,” which will supposedly fill jobs in everything from software development and network administration to cybersecurity. In order to fill those jobs, the initiative will offer a combination of investment and job placement, with a focus on underserved communities. Here’s the proposal:

    $100 Million in ‘Federal Investments’

    That money will go to training and recruiting workers for in-demand technology fields. “The Administration will launch a $100 million H-1B grant competition by the Department of Labor,” read the White House’s press release, “to support innovative approaches to training and successfully employing low-skill individuals.” That training will include work-based learning programs and registered apprenticeships.

    Community Collaboration

    Some 21 regions across the country will work with one another to recruit and place applicants in some 120,000 open technology jobs, in conjunction with “300 employer partners.” Those regions include:

    New York City
    City of Kearney and Buffalo County, Neb.
    St. Louis
    Salt Lake City
    San Antonio
    Los Angeles
    Kansas City
    Rural Eastern Kentucky
    San Francisco

    Each region will supposedly use sophisticated data analytics to determine the most in-demand skills among local employers, and work with those employers to hire from “both traditional and nontraditional training programs.” These programs will rely on coding boot camps and online courses to accelerate training, and encourage interactions between employers and candidates via meetups and co-working spaces. In New York City, for example, companies such as Google and Facebook will work to connect students from the City University of New York (CUNY) with internships at local companies.

    Private Sector

    Under the terms of the announced plan, private companies will provide free online training and coding boot camps for low-income and “underserved Americans.” The White House claims that national organizations “are committing to work with interested cities to share job and skills information, job-matching tools, and other resources.” For example, Dev Bootcamp, Hack Reactor, Microsoft, Treehouse Island, and Udacity are all offering free or discounted training for underserved communities.

    However the White House’s initiative pans out, one thing is clear: For those tech pros with the necessary skills, the salaries can be very good indeed. Check out the latest technology jobs.

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  • Good Economy Equals Tech Pros Jumping Jobs

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    IT professionals seem to feel more comfortable about their economic security these days, and a lot of them are looking around for new jobs, increasing competition among employers for tech pros.

    According to a new survey, conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of Randstad Technology, some 41 percent of U.S. IT workers said they’re likely to seek new employment opportunities over the next 12 months, while 52 percent said they were confident in their ability to find a new job.

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    At the same time, however, the poll found that 57.4 percent of IT employees were confident in the health of the overall economy, a slight dip from a record high noted in the third quarter of 2014. Forty-one percent of IT workers thought the economy was getting stronger, and 32 percent thought there were more jobs available. (Some 44 percent thought there were fewer jobs.)

    Bob Dickey, group president of technology and engineering at Randstad, suggested that employee confidence stems from their skills and what part of the country they live in. “Overall, IT employee confidence remains pretty high,” he said. “For that reason, a lot more needs to go into attracting the right IT talent.”

    Dickey noted that the cost of living in the region, training opportunities, and the culture of the organization all play a major role in attracting IT talent. But he also conceded that consolidation of data centers in the age of the cloud, along with increased IT automation, could affect the demand for certain types of IT jobs, as well as their location.

    In addition to datacenter consolidation, many lower-level IT administrative functions are being automated. The end result is more demand for IT people with higher-level skill sets. “We’re constantly getting poached,” said Steve Hellmuth, executive vice president of operations and technology at NBA Entertainment in New York. “Investment banks are where a lot of our people wind up going, so we’re always recruiting at the college level.”

    Factoring in that rate of turnover is now part of the organization’s basic business plan, Hellmuth added.

    Like it or not, the days when a soft economy gave employers leverage over IT staff are pretty much over. Some organizations may be trying to lower their costs by moving IT jobs to different locations. But for every IT professional who might be attracted by the lower cost of living in a particular region, there will always be another that can’t get enough of the bright lights of a major city.

    Given that need for talent, tech companies are focusing their recruiting efforts in areas outside of Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley. Louisiana announced that, as part of a 10-year deal involving IBM and CenturyLink, it will spend $4.5 million to expand computer science programs at the University of Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and Grambling State. As part of that arrangement, IBM committed to creating 400 jobs in Monroe, La., where it will open a service center to develop security, data analytics and mobile applications. Meanwhile, CenturyLink will transfer 350 employees to IBM, where they will become full-time employees employed in the new Monroe facility.

    With IT professionals fairly confident in their ability to find new jobs, expect more tech companies to make similar moves in order to increase their pools of IT talent.

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  • IBM Layoff Rumors Fly Fast and Furious


    Rumors are flying fast and furious that IBM will lay off more than 100,000 workers sometime in the next few weeks. But news sources are reporting that the cuts will more likely be on the level of 10,000 jobs.

    The original report of mega-layoffs came from Robert X. Cringely, a self-described “Silicon Valley iconoclast,” who wrote in Forbes about an IBM reorganization codenamed Project Chrome. In Cringely’s telling, Project Chrome will result in the layoffs of 26 percent of IBM’s workforce, accompanied by a major restructuring of the company’s assets. The employee cuts will supposedly hit IBM’s mainframe and storage divisions the hardest. (Cringely’s reporting derives from anonymous sources.)

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    “In saying the company is in a transition and is going to go through the biggest reorganization in its history, will this really fix a very obvious customer relationship problem?” Cringely concluded. “No, it won’t.”

    IBM told Cringely, in an update to his original article, that the cuts would come to only a few thousand people, not 100,000.

    Separately, an unnamed IBM spokesperson told TechCrunch that the layoffs would roughly total 12,000 employees—even as an anonymous source suggested the number would be much higher. “After we published this article, a source approached TechCrunch, telling us the layoff number was 10 percent of the workforce (or 43,000),” the publication reported, “and that the layoffs would be conducted in approximately 10,000 employee increments per quarter until the company righted the ship.”

    Whether or not any of these reports prove accurate, it’s undeniable that IBM is frantically attempting to transform into a firm that can better compete in a cloud- and mobile-centric world. Between its recent partnership with Apple to push iOS devices and apps to the enterprise, to its work in artificial intelligence, Big Blue clearly wants to push beyond Oracle and other business IT rivals. But what is the human cost of that reinvention?

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  • Dice Salary Survey: Good Times for Tech Pros

    Dice Five Year Salary Trend

    Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up 2 percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey.  

    More than half (61 percent) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year.

    Also, technical recruiters saw a significant jump (19 percent) in salaries in 2014, making $81,966 on average annually compared to $69,102 in 2013.

    In addition to salaries rising, tech bonuses were both more frequent and higher. 37 percent of tech pros cited receiving a bonus in 2014, slightly more than the 34 percent who said this last year. The average bonus in 2014 was $9,538, up 2 percent year-over-year.

    diceSalarySatisfactionWhile salaries rose slightly, satisfaction with wages declined. Half (52 percent) of technology professionals were satisfied with their compensation in 2014, down from 54 percent in 2013. In fact, satisfaction with salaries has dipped each year since 2012, when it peaked at 57 percent and salaries saw the biggest year-over-year jump to 5.3 percent.

    “As demand for technology professionals rises and highly-skilled talent is harder to find, the pressure is being reflected where it counts: paychecks,” said Shravan Goli, president of Dice.com. “Still, tech pros are less happy with their earnings, signaling to companies that in order to recruit and retain the best candidates, offering more will be necessary.”

    Tech professionals are more confident than ever (67 percent) that they could find a favorable new position in the year ahead and 37 percent anticipate changing employers for better opportunities.

    With compensation rising, tech professionals are slightly less likely to relocate for a new job this year (30 percent) as compared to last year (28 percent).

    Wages Rising Again in the West

    The Pacific region as a whole received the highest salaries and tech professionals in Silicon Valley are again the highest paid in the country, earning $112,610 on average, up 4 percent year-over-year. The second highest paid talent is in Seattle, where tech pros earned $99,423, up 5 percent, in 2014. Sacramento tech salaries rose 14 percent to $96,788, with more experienced professionals earning more from last year driving the growth. Professionals in Portland, Oregon earned $91,556 on average, up 9 percent year-over-year, and in San Diego, tech salaries rose 4 percent to $94,121.

    Money Markets

    Several key markets saw above-average pay increases including Boston and Chicago, up 3 percent year-over-year to $97,288 and $88,866, respectively. Dallas ($91,674) and New York ($95,586) professionals earned a 2 percent increase. Washington, D.C. tech salaries rose 1 percent to $98,323 on average making them the third highest paid professionals behind Silicon Valley and Seattle.

    Skills to Pay the Bills

    Big Data and cloud dominate the skills which earned the highest paychecks in 2014.


    “Cloud is not new to the tech world but as more companies—large and small—adopt the technology, tech professionals with this experience will enjoy opportunities,” said Mr. Goli. “Big Data made a big showing last year and we’re seeing it this year too. Tech professionals who analyze and mine information in a way that makes an impact on overall business goals have proven to be incredibly valuable to companies. The proof is in the pay.”

    For additional information on top paying skills in product, design, mobile, cloud and other categories, please visit www.dice.com/salary.

    Dice Salary Survey Methodology

    The 2014 Dice Salary Survey was administered online, with 23,470 employed technology professionals responding between September 29 and November 26, 2014. Respondents were invited to participate in the survey through a notification on the Dice site and registered technology professionals were sent an email invitation. A cookie methodology was used to ensure that there was no duplication of responses between or within the various sample groups and duplicate responses from a single email address were removed. The Dice Salary Survey was adjusted for inflation in 2014:  technology professionals earning salaries of $250,000 and above were not automatically eliminated from the survey if they met other criteria.

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  • Tech Jobs That Will Win (and Lose) in 2015


    If you’d like to change jobs or switch from freelance to full-time status, prepare to pounce: 2015 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year for the IT labor market, according to David Foote, CEO of research firm Foote Partners LLC.

    “This year started out slow, just as we predicted,” Foote said. “But U.S. employers added an average of 17,633 IT jobs during September, October and November, and we see that momentum continuing into 2015.”

    Foote’s optimistic forecast is based on his discussions with CIOs and his firm’s surveys of compensation and market demand for 734 individual certified, noncertified and hybrid IT skills. (Independently, a recent Dice survey also concluded that tech hiring will rise significantly in 2015.)

    Of course, some tech skills will be hotter than others. In what has become an annual tradition, Foote went out on a limb by predicting the IT roles that are most likely to gain or lose ground in the new year, and briefly revisited his projections for 2014.

    Gaining Ground

    These positions could lead to solid salaries and job security in 2015:

    Architects: Enterprise architects and data architects will be able to “name their price” in 2015, according to Foote, as companies try to scale software programs, databases and infrastructure.

    “IT has been so focused on producing a solution that works today, they haven’t considered scalability,” Foote said. “User adoption rates and activity are soaring, which is fueling the demand for architects. In fact, The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is the highest-paid skill in our quarterly index.”

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    Big Data Experts: Last year, Foote predicated a big demand for database developers, analysts and technical specialists, but his forecast faltered when the pay for 31 noncertified Big Data skills unexpectedly declined 2.5 percent between August and September. So we asked Foote to explain why he continues to be bullish on Big Data roles.

    “Companies took a breather from hiring during the fourth quarter because they were unable to make the leap into prescriptive and predictive analytics,” he explained. “They needed some time to reflect and regroup.”

    He added: “However, the pay for certified skills, especially Cloudera, has held up, which is why I still like Big Data but as a longer-term play.”

    Who stands to benefit in the short-term? Data scientists and professionals with top-notch data management and/or analytical skills will likely see their stock value rise in 2015. Foote predicts that the pay for noncertified skills will rebound as companies launch new data initiatives and resume searching for external talent.

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    Cybersecurity Specialists: If you’re a certified IT forensic investigator, an intrusion analyst or a certified ethical hacker, you’re in luck. After experiencing a record year for attacks in 2014, companies are taking big steps toward building more secure environments.

    “2015 will be a good year for cybersecurity pros with niche skills,” Foote said. “Companies don’t have a handle on their vulnerabilities so they’ll be looking for specialized experts to conduct vulnerability and risk assessments.”

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    Hybrid IT Pros: CIOs need forward-thinking business analysts and software engineers, who are well versed in business strategy, user experience and customer intelligence.“They don’t need coders,” Foote said. “CIOs are looking for are software engineers who can think beyond what they’re doing today and business analysts who can predict what customers will want next year and the year after that. The demand for outside-the-box thinkers with hybrid skills is not going away.” 

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    Application Developers: Although 2015 is shaping up to be another good year for application developers, the biggest winners will have experience with Agile, JavaFX and user interface design.

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    Losing Ground

    These jobs, on the other hand, might face some headwinds over the next year:

    SAP Specialists: Pay for SAP professionals has fallen 7 percent over the past three years, based on Foote Partners’ survey of 92 certified and noncertified skills. However, there are some exceptions. For instance, the pay for professionals with governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) expertise or knowledge of SAP’s retail modules has remained steady or grown.

    “The pay for professionals with SAP peaked in 2011,” Foote said. “Knowing a hot module can bolster your job hunting fortunes and give you an edge in salary negotiations.”

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    Web Developers: Of course, companies still need website upgrades, reboots and maintenance. But developers are losing ground because the market is flooded with talent. “Employers can hold out for a Web developer with industry experience, e-commerce or specialized domain experience,” Foote pointed out. “Unfortunately, the current market conditions give employers the upper hand in salary negotiations.”

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    Cloud Professionals: Foote predicted great things for cloud architects, engineers, administrators and integrators in 2014, largely because the pay for 27 noncertified cloud skills rose throughout 2013. However, demand leveled off in the spring, and the pay for noncertified skills actually declined 1 percent over the last three to six months. Why? Chalk it up to an improving balance between supply and demand.

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    Employers no longer need to offer signing or retention bonuses to attract and retain cloud professionals, Foote explained: “It’s just part of the evolution… When the skill gaps close in a particular field, employers pay the going market rate, especially for noncertified skills.”

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  • Tech Pros Getting on Cloud 9: Dice Report

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    What’s consistently one of the fastest-growing skills for job postings on Dice, boasts above average salaries, and is changing the way companies—small and large—are thinking about data storage? It’s cloud, and the future for tech professionals with this experience is anything but gloomy.

    An analysis of searches by hiring managers in the Dice resume database highlighted the key skills companies are looking for from cloud professionals.

    Not surprisingly, Java is all too important to firms hiring cloud candidates. The programming language and platform is the foundation for so many technologies today that it remains one of the top skills on Dice year after year, and while other languages are gaining speed, Java is still king of the hill.

    Cloud-specific skills like SaaS, Virtualization, vCloud and Salesforce all rank on hiring managers’ wish lists for candidates. Salesforce hit 1,000 job postings in April this year and continues to grow in popularity, with job postings up 26 percent year over year on Dice.

    Open source technologies like LinuxPython and Hadoop create value to companies looking for cloud professionals. Tech professionals with Hadoop experience doubly benefit as other movements like Big Data continue.

    What’s the future of a technology without professionals to sell it? Companies are frequently looking for cloud professionals with sales experience who can drive the product forward and hit goals while doing it.

    And you can’t have a conversation about cloud without the mention of security. Companies are looking for security professionals who can communicate best practices to colleagues, define vulnerabilities and act quickly in the unfortunate event of a breach.

    One thing that hasn’t changed since we last reported on Cloud via Open Web, our Big Data sourcing tool, is that Amazon/AWS is still the preferred vendor, but unlike last year, there’s another kid on the block. VMware also popped up frequently in hiring managers’ searches, proving that as the cloud proliferates, so will companies looking to capitalize on and further enhance the technology.

    Shravan Goli
    President, Dice

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  • What HP Splitting in Two Could Mean for You

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    Hewlett-Packard is splitting into two companies, one of which will focus on enterprise technology, while the other continues to sell PCs and printers.

    HP CEO Meg Whitman believes that two smaller companies will prove more innovative and flexible than a lumbering giant composed of many divisions. “We will be in an even better position to compete in the market, support our customers and partners, and deliver maximum value to our shareholders,” she wrote in one of those standard-issue statements that chief executives produce at such moments.

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    For the thousands of people who work at HP—more than 317,000 in 170 countries, as of earlier this year—the decision to cleave the company in two will have massive repercussions. Whitman and her executives will cut another 5,000 jobs, adding to the 55,000 layoffs under her tenure. That’s liable to make more than a few employees nervous. Those whose jobs straddle the enterprise and consumer segments could also face a great deal of uncertainty over coming months, even if they get to keep their positions.

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    For those who still want to work at HP, chances are pretty good that the new, reorganized companies will eventually need people on both the hardware and software side of the equation. At least in the short term, Dice’s advice on scoring a job at HP will probably stand you in good stead. HP has long prided itself on its corporate culture, and the new companies will likely continue to do so—although as the years pass, how those respective cultures evolve remains to be seen.

    The irony of this situation is that HP already made an aborted attempt to divest itself of its PC-manufacturing division—which would have effectively split the company in two—during the brief and unlamented reign of then-CEO Leo Apotheker. He served for a mere ten months before the board of directors, spooked by his rapid decision-making, decided to replace him with Whitman in September 2011.

    At the time, Apotheker’s strategy was dismissed as idiotic; now HP sees it as the way of the future. It’s also questionable whether some out-there HP initiatives, such as “The Machine,” will survive the transition.

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  • U.S. Is Top Country for Global Tech Workers

    Top Countries Where Foreigners Would Like to Work 2014

    Would you be willing to drop everything and move to another country for a job?

    The Boston Consulting Group and The Network surveyed 200,000 people in 189 countries to figure out the global willingness to work abroad. The conclusion? People will indeed set down professional roots in another country—although younger workers seem far more willing to expatriate than their older peers.

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    An internationally mobile labor market increases the pressure on cities such as New York and London to provide an ideal mix of housing, education, public health, and other factors that attract top talent.

    Some 65 percent of those responding to the survey said they would consider working abroad in order to broaden their personal experience. Acquiring work experience, finding better career opportunities, pursuing an attractive job offer, and improved salary prospects also topped the list of reasons.

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    Where do the majority of global workers want to head? The United States, which 42 percent of respondents listed as their top potential work destination, followed by the U.K. (37 percent), Canada (35 percent), Germany (33 percent), Switzerland (29 percent), and France (29 percent).

    London topped the list of most appealing cities (16 percent), followed by New York (12.2 percent), Paris (8.9 percent), Sydney (5.2 percent), and Madrid (5.0 percent).

    Most Desired Global Cities

    But citizens in the United States seemed a bit more reluctant to return the favor—less than 50 percent said they either lived abroad or would consider doing so for work. That’s in sharp contrast to countries such as France, where a significant majority of citizens seemed willing to explore jobs in other nations.

    “If workers have exactly the skills that are needed in their country of origin or in the country they want to move to, they may indeed be in great shape,” the report concluded. “But the better the opportunity, the more likely there are to be hundreds or thousands of highly skilled foreigners coming in to compete for the available positions, especially in economies and companies that have laid the right groundwork.”

    As if globalization hadn’t made competition hard enough.

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  • Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills

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    The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data.

    One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.)

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    That growth is no surprise. Python, currently in version 3.4.1 (released in May 2014), remains a popular element in college-level introductory courses, according to data released this summer by the Association for Computing Machinery (AMC). It’s also topped the rankings of popular programming languages produced by analyst firm RedMonkTIOBE Software, and other entities.

    What underlies Python’s popularity? For starters, it’s a mature and well-established language that can trace its roots back nearly 25 years. Major firms such as Google have embraced it as a key tool for building Web properties. Developers and programmers of all skill levels enjoy its combination of simplicity and power.

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    “Python’s syntax is beautiful; the language is concise; and it’s modern,” developer (and editor) Jeff Cogswell wrote for Dice News in August. “I consider it one of the best languages I’ve ever used, and I feel that one of the biggest mistakes made in the world of computer software was when the browsers added JavaScript as their client-side language.” Better client-side software might exist, he added, if Python had become the language of choice instead of JavaScript.

    Those interested in building out their programming skills would do well to look at Python, but other languages are also worth examining, including JavaScript, C#, PHP, and Swift.

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