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Linux Pros Prepared to Jump in 2015

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With more and more companies relying on Linux—some 11,800 developers from 1,200 companies have contributed to the kernel over the last decade, according to the Linux Foundation—it stands to reason that Linux pros would find themselves in ever-increasing demand, especially those who specialize in anything cloud- or security-related. And Linux pros are sensing that opportunity; in a recent Linux Foundation survey, some 55 percent of them said it would be “very easy” or “fairly easy” to find a new job… continue…

Need for Linux Talent on the Rise: Report

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Recruiters are increasing efforts to hire Linux talent, according to the 2015 Linux Jobs Report, which forecasts the Linux job market based on a survey of hiring managers and Linux professionals. Hiring managers are also looking more to evidence of formal training and certifications to identify qualified prospects. The 2015 Linux Jobs Report includes data from 1,010 hiring managers and 3,446 Linux professionals and provides an overview of the state of the market for Linux careers and what motivates professionals… continue…

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… continue…

Why 2015 Could Prove Great for Tech Pros

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The U.S. tech industry added 129,600 net jobs between 2013 and 2014, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data analyzed by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), which counts 2,000 companies as members. The industry accounts for 6.5 million jobs overall, CompTIA’s report added. IT services racked up nearly a third of that total, with 2.1 million jobs in 2014, followed by R&D, testing, and engineering services (1.6 million jobs), telecommunications and Internet services (1.2 million jobs), tech manufacturing… continue…

Metro Areas Offer Top Prospects for STEM Jobs

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Which U.S. cities boast the highest percentages of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) jobs? According to a new report from the Brookings Institution, some 23 metropolitan areas feature workforces with sizable concentrations of workers in advanced industries, including San Jose (16 percent), Wichita (15.5 percent), and San Francisco (14 percent). The Brookings Institution groups more than 50 industries under the umbrella of “advanced industries,” including computer systems design, data processing, information services, software building, and telecommunications. For good measure,… continue…

Tesla Poaching Apple’s Top Talent

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Apple employees are getting poached… but the chief culprit isn’t Google, or another smartphone maker like Samsung. According to a new Bloomberg report, Tesla has hired more than 150 former Apple employees to fill its various divisions, and it’s almost certainly hunting for more. Those former Apple employees designed the 17-inch control screen of Tesla’s Model S sedan; fill the car-maker’s legal and engineering teams; and handle crucial aspects of its manufacturing. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly “enamored” with… continue…

What’s on Employers’ IT Wish Lists for 2015

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The IT sector is poised for a strong year in 2015, with employers planning to add professionals to support business expansion and sustain growth. As businesses strive to stay competitive, they need people who can add value by developing new tools and services, or increasing a firm’s bench depth and management capabilities. Here’s what employers are looking for when they hire IT pros in 2015: Third Platform Skills Companies that support the cloud and Big Data need to expand their “third… continue…

IBM Layoff Rumors Fly Fast and Furious

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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… continue…

Dice Salary Survey: Good Times for Tech Pros

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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… continue…

In New York City, West Coast Tech Firms Move In

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What’s New This Quarter New York City’s technology community is as strong as ever in 2015, claims Mike Fitzgerald, a partner at WinterWyman Search’s New York tech practice: “The local startup community continues to expand, and employment opportunities are flourishing for technologists, particularly in the software-engineering verticals.” Over the past three years, Fitzgerald added, many notable West Coast technology leaders (including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Amazon) have shown up in New York City, offering ample engineering opportunities and some of… continue…