Economy

Posted IT Jobs Slip in North Carolina

Posted In Looking in Tech
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North Carolina employers posted an average 3,320 IT jobs during October, a decline of about 10 percent from 3,730 in September and 3,700 in October of 2012. The drop was “unexpected as many job markets swing up during the fall,” the North Carolina Technology Association said. Posted openings declined for non-IT positions as well. All segments of the IT market were affected, though software development felt the biggest drop, at 12.2 percent. The number of openings peaked at nearly 6,000… continue…

More Tech Professionals Pushed Into Contracting

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Employment isn’t what it used to be, and for many tech workers it may never be again. As America slowly emerges from recession, employment growth isn’t following. Increasingly, workers find themselves with piecemeal employment, no benefits and what appears to be no way back into a full-time job. “Will we all be freelancers soon?” asked a recent headline in U.S. News & World Report. The accompanying story reported how: 6 in 10 companies have plans to hire more freelancers in… continue…

Should Silicon Valley Secede, Or Just Leave?

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Secession is a popular topic in Texas, parts of Colorado and a rural area of northern California and Oregon that calls itself the “State of Jefferson.” But now the idea of breaking away has come up in an unlikely place: Silicon Valley. Yes, we’re talking about seceding from the U.S. Some call it “the ultimate exit strategy.” Such a move – support for which seems somewhere between “serious but not really” and pure fantasy – could separate technologists from their… continue…

An Internet Pioneer Is Worried About the Future

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Jaron Lanier, the dreadlocked digital media pioneer who is sometimes referred to as “the father of virtual reality,” has been looking hard at the online world we now live in, and he doesn’t like what he sees…even though he freely admits he helped create it. In clear, engaging, and for the most part non-partisan language, he worries about a future of digital haves—the Silicon Valley elites whose super servers collect our valuable online behavior—and have nots—all of us who freely… continue…

More Workers Feel Secure in Their Jobs

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The number of workers afraid of being laid-off is at its lowest level since the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a survey conducted by Glassdoor. The website’s quarterly Employment Confidence Survey found that just 15 percent of workers are concerned about being laid-off in the next six months. That figure, for the third quarter of 2013, is down 7 percentage points from the second quarter of this year. But security is not doled out equally. The survey found that… continue…

VC Altman: ‘Hot Girls’ Only Part of the Bubble Picture

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Sam Altman’s recently spotlighted comments about tech companies hiring “hot girls” to recruit engineering talent was “meant somewhat tongue in cheek, although it’s a real phenomenon,” he told Dice News. When asked about how often this takes place, he said, “I don’t think it’s super common.” The real meat of his blog post: “Maybe now we’re actually in the early stages of a startup bubble.” The venture capitalist and former Loopt CEO pointed to such signs as unsustainable high valuations… continue…

Tech-Sector Jobs Growing, But Modestly

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The tech sector added 103,000 jobs from January through June 2013, a slight dip from the same period in 2012, according to a report from industry group TechAmerica Foundation. In the first half of the year, tech-sector employment reached nearly 6.2 million, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a growth rate of 1.7 percent, compared with 1.8 percent in the same period a year ago. And what makes these numbers disappointing is it’s less than half of… continue…

Bay Area Techs: Congestion Is All Your Fault

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It’s tough to be a newly rich tech worker in the Silicon Valley/Bay Area, what with all those stock options, headhunter calls and the like. Not to mention taking the blame for driving up rents, increasing traffic and failing to fit in with the area’s old guard. In a region usually known for its tolerance, new McMansions, all those extra cars and the rising cost of living have set up a culture clash that could transform the region. TechCrunch Co-Editor… continue…

Boston Pained By Tech Talent Squeeze

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A Federal Reserve report found that the gap between IT jobs and available, experienced professionals is widespread, particularly in Boston and San Francisco. The Fed’s “Beige Book” report summarizing conditions in its 12 districts from early July through late August said demand for tech workers was increasing. In August, IT employment overall reached just more than 4.5 million, according to TechServe Alliance, compared with 4 million at the start of the Recession in 2008. In the Boston area, “there remains… continue…

Tech Leads Oregon Recovery

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The tech industry is leading Oregon out of the recession by adding jobs faster than the overall economy, and paying more than twice the state average, according to a new report from the state’s Employment Department. Tech salaries in the state average $94,000 a year and grew by 3.9 percent between 2011 and 2012. That compares with Oregon’s overall average salary of $44,300, which rose only 2.8 percent during the same period. Meanwhile, tech employment hit 60,100 in July, the… continue…