Contracting And Consulting

More Tech Pros Earning Six Figures Than Ever

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Chart: Percentage of Tech Pros Earning 6 Figures
The number of technology professionals earning six-figure salaries has increased for the sixth year in a row, according to new data from Dice. Some 32 percent of full-time tech pros took home more than $100,000 in 2013, according to the findings, up from 30 percent in 2012 and 26 percent in 2011. For contractors, the data is even better: In 2013, a staggering 54 percent of them earned more than $100,000 a year, up from 51 percent the previous year… continue…

Tech Consultants: Prepare to Get Paid (and Work Harder Than Ever)

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If you’ve ever wanted a job advising companies on their technology choices, now might be the perfect time to jump into the field: according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly salary for tech consultants hit $42.17 in February—an all-time high. Average pay for tech consultants has crept slowly upward over the past few years: In 2006, average hourly earnings tended to fluctuate around the $36-$37 range. A few years later,… continue…

Consultants: Pay Attention to These 3 Sectors

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Technology consultants look to be in a good position for 2014 as more companies re-focus on internal IT operations after several years of economy-driven hunkering down. A survey of those responsible for hiring consultants, conducted by Source Information Services, found nearly all of them plan technology improvements this year, and most will use consultants to help. Half will spend more on technology consultants than they did during 2013 and of those, half plan an increase of more than 10 percent.… continue…

Innovation, Consulting Reshaping IT Job Market

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For IT professionals, this year ahead is likely to be a transformative one. Big Data, mobile development, the cloud and security will not only continue to drive changes in business, they’ll also reshape the tech job market. More than ever, IT professionals will be required to straddle the line between IT and business expert. Tried and true positions, such as software developers and engineers, will still be in demand. Meanwhile newer jobs, like UI and UX developer, will also see… continue…

Technical Consulting and Management Jobs Jump in January

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Management and technical consulting jobs jumped nearly 5 percent in January to 1.2 million positions, as corporate America continues to embrace the notion of having outsiders handle their IT work despite an improving economy. A recent report, for example, found tech and other knowledge workers are among the most highly sought after contractors or consultants, compared with other industries, as companies find they like the flexibility in scaling back and increasing their workforce without the need to pay expensive benefits.… continue…

Do They Really Know What They Need? – Part 2

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Last week, we looked at why it’s not necessarily good news when a client comes to you with all aspects of a project blocked out. The key to your success is to look hard and confirm what the client’s proposing is, in fact, the real solution to their problem. If it’s not, we need to figure out what that truly is. In this post, I want to discuss four steps that can morph the project from a wish list into… continue…

Do They Really Know What They Need?

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Sometimes clients are confident creatures, certain of what they want and need and ready to explain it to us – the hired consultants – as soon as we walk through the door. While that sounds great, it’s generally not. Why? Because what they want and their proposed solution may not always line up. One client brought me in to help get a couple of failing projects back on track. I came in and managed the project schedule, the outside clients,… continue…

When Another Consultant is Called In

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If you’re a consultant then you’ll probably get this scenario. You know how the competition can be fierce for high school or college students trying to be at the top of their class? You want top billing so you have to remain confident, never show fear and never look weak or ask for any help whatsoever. Sound familiar? You must be oozing confidence…. In consulting, there really isn’t much difference if you happen to have company – meaning other consultants… continue…

Tech Consulting Jobs Gain Strength

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Management and technical consulting jobs posted 2013’s largest year-over-year gain in June, rising 6.1 percent to 1,187,400 jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During earlier months, the annual gain remained in the 5 percent range. Consulting jobs are gaining strength in part because companies remain tentative in hiring full-time workers. That may not change for a while. Besides the slow economic expansion, businesses are nervous about the impact of federal sequestration. Meanwhile, the computer systems design… continue…

Treat Your Best Clients with Care – Part 2

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It’s always important to treat your clients well.  After all, client retention is the best strategy to success: It’s easier to retain good clients than it is to land new ones. Last week, I discussed two strategies for treating your most valued clients well – how you can let them know they are important to you. Specifically, we talked about: Reaching out to clients even when you’re not currently working for them. Sending them new business whenever possible. This week,… continue…