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Do Employees Really Want Unlimited Vacation?

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Sir Richard Branson, founder of the multinational Virgin Group, has decided to give his employees as much vacation time as they want. His inspiration? Netflix, which did away with scheduled vacation days in favor of giving its workers all the downtime they need. “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off,” Branson wrote on Virgin’s corporate blog, “the assumption… continue…

Smaller Tech Firms Paying More for Top Talent

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How much is a good software engineer worth? If you’re Weeby.co, here’s the answer: $250,000 a year plus equity. As company CEO and co-founder Michael Carter framed it to CNET in an interview, the competition for the best talent is so fierce, smaller tech companies have little option but to pay top dollar, especially in areas such as Silicon Valley where the cost of living is so high. Click here to find software engineering jobs. Whereas talented engineers at a… continue…

IT Services Providers Pay Well for Advanced IT Skills

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The next time IT professionals with advanced skills go looking for a job, chances are good they’ll discover that IT services providers will pay them about 15 to 30 percent more than a traditional enterprise IT organization. IT services vendors and traditional IT organizations have always competed for the best IT talent. But because IT services providers build their business around the talents of their in-house IT staffs, making sure they have the best and brightest people is a critical… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

IRS Wants Tech Workers to Pay Taxes on Those Free Meals

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The vaunted free meals offered to employees by the likes of Google, Facebook and Twitter are getting close attention from the Internal Revenue Service, which says free food is a taxable fringe benefit. The Wall Street Journal reports that the IRS has been seeking back taxes from some employers who haven’t been withholding them on the value of the meals. Last week, the agency and the Treasury Department said taxing employer-provided meals was one of their top priorities for the… continue…

6 Resources for Salary Research

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By Rob Pritchett When it comes to negotiating your pay at work, you’ve got to arm yourself with current salary data and research or you could be selling yourself short. It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best negotiation skills in the world—if you don’t know what comparable professionals in your industry are earning, you won’t know where to begin. Of course, there are popular comparison websites like Salary.com and Payscale, but you can improve your chances of getting a higher salary by taking… continue…

Some Companies REQUIRE Employees to Take Vacation

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You’d expect it to be good for morale, but apparently it’s also good for business: Some companies are insisting—even forcing—their employees to take time off. One is Quirky, a New York startup that closes down one week during each of the year’s first three quarters. CEO Ben Kaufman told Business Insider that his employees tend to work in 90-day sprints, during which pressure slowly builds, “culminating in an extremely stressful and magically productive final 2-3 weeks of a calendar quarter.”… continue…

For Software Developers, Key to Retention Isn’t Just Money

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What leads an employee to stay with a company, especially when the labor market is good? For many companies seeking to retain their best and brightest, the answer often comes down to tangible perks such as cash or more vacation time. Faced with a tightening market for anyone who can build mobile apps or e-commerce websites, for example, some companies have developed specialized bonus programs for software developers: A recent Dice survey of 700 employers revealed that 16 percent had… continue…

Help Wanted Signs = Dollar Signs for Software Developers

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Employers are responding to the tight labor market for software developers with a new retention tool: a bonus plan designed specifically for them. Unique bonus programs for software developers have their roots in technology and gaming companies. Now, more employers, in more industries, are adopting targeted plans, according to a recent Dice survey of 700 employers with developers currently on staff. For those companies with bonus plans, one in 10 employers (11 percent) currently have programs tailored exclusively for software… continue…

Where Mobile Developers Should Be Looking for Jobs

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It seems everyone wants a mobile app these days—even in traditionally low-tech industries like commercial fishing, construction and trucking. That means “a mobile developer with good skills can go anywhere he or she wants to—to any company in any geography,” says Chris Wood, managing partner at Kansas City staffing firm Paige Technologies. While a lot’s been written about the strength of mobile games and the growing market for wearable technologies, there’s strong demand for mobile business apps as well. “There’s… continue…