Tech Jobs: Movement – Good and Bad – in Texas

Our weekly snapshot of who’s hiring and who’s firing across the IT landscape.

HIRING

MovingTechnology services provider MDI Group is expanding into Austin, Texas, where it plans to hire 20 people by the end of the year. With its new Austin office, MDI will have three locations in Texas and seven nationwide. [Dice News]

Energy company BP expects to more than triple the number of engineering, science and business college graduates it recruits this year. Overall, BP plans to hire approximately 900 college graduates during 2013 and increase that to 1,000 annually during 2014. [Fuel Fix]

Dell is seeking to fill over 50 engineering related positions at its Austin campus, ranging from software integration engineer to software development engineer II. The growth in the number of available jobs could balloon further as the region worries about a lack of qualified STEM talent. [Dice News]

As Google expands the reach of Google Fiber into Kansas, the company is looking for release engineers and technical program managers at locations throughout the country. [Dice News]

LAYOFFS

The “alternative” stock market SecondMarket has let go of an undetermined number of employees. While TechCrunch reported as much as a third of the company’s workforce was impacted, SecondMarket itself says the number was much lower. In a blog post, CEO Barry Silbert said the layoffs stemmed from a “bloated cost structure.” [TechCrunch]

Glu Mobile game studio has cut nearly 68 positions, or 12 percent of its worldwide workforce. The layoffs are believed to have largely hit its Kirkland, Wash., office. At the same time, the company says it will hire throughout the year and expects to end 2013 with a net gain of 18 employees, reaching a worldwide headcount of 582. [IGN]

LifeSize Communications, an HD video conferencing solutions company, cut 12 percent of its Austin workforce, or about 25 employees. [Austin Business Journal]

Electronic document management company Perceptive Software cut 40 employees in an effort to focus on its business’s growth areas. The company, owned by Lexmark International, said the cuts represented less than 3 percent of its overall workforce. [Kansas City Business Journal]

Xerox will cut 150 workers from its business services operation in Bakersfield, Calif., by July 19, according to a filing with the Labor Department. Those cuts are in addition to the nearly 300 workers it has already said it will lay off in the coming months. Xerox Business Services will lay off 124 workers at its London, Ky., facility, while 149 employees tied to its federal government solutions arm in New York will be terminated by August 1. The layoffs come on the heels of a much broader round of 2,500 employees that Xerox cut last year. [Dice News]

Zipper Interactive plans to formally lay off 86 people by June 1 at its Redmond, Wash., game studio. The layoffs are part of the studio’s closure, which Sony announced in March. [Gameinformer.com]

Is there hiring or firing going on at your company? Email what you know — in confidence, of course — to tips @ dice.com. (And remember, you probably don’t want to send from your company email address.)

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