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Should Employers Ban After-Hours Work Email?

Posted In Living in Tech
Employee Asleep on Desk
Earlier this month, two French employee unions decided to show how they felt about work/life balance by signing a legally binding agreement that would forbid employees from checking work email after a long day at their desks. The agreement will affect only 250,000 employees in the technology and consulting sectors, according to The Guardian, although a number of them work for Google, Facebook, and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)—not exactly firms known for allowing their workers to unplug from the grid. Click here… continue…

The Future of Robots: Soft, Flexible, Squeezable

Posted In Working in Tech
Otherlab Soft Robots
If someone asks you to picture a robot, the first image that probably comes to mind is the steel exoskeleton from “The Terminator” films, or one of those creepy mechanical “dogs” produced by Boston Robotics. But if teams of researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and other institutions succeed in their latest endeavors, the robots of the future could look very different: soft, squiggly, and flexible. Click here to find robotics jobs. “There are only maybe… continue…

Raleigh Employers Look for Software Developers

Posted In Looking in Tech
Raleigh
What’s New This Quarter It’s been a tumultuous time for Research Triangle-based employees of both Lenovo and IBM as the two companies work to forge a future that will be profitable for both. After a seventh straight quarterly sales decline, IBM expected to post about $1 billion in “workforce-rebalancing” costs during the first quarter. (A similar plan in 2013 led to some 3,300 layoffs in North America, including hundreds in North Carolina.) Lee Conrad, national coordinator for the employee organization… continue…

Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

Data Opportunities
One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and… continue…

Silicon Valley Sees Skills Shortages in Java, .NET, PHP

Silicon Valley
What’s New This Quarter While blockbuster deals can seem all too common in Silicon Valley these days, Facebook’s January acquisition of text messaging service WhatsApp for a staggering $19 billion turned many of the region’s heads, with some experts contending that the company was actually worth even more. In late March, Facebook followed up the deal with the purchase of Kickstarter darling Oculus Rift for $2 billion, turning even more heads. Then there’s action camera maker GoPro, which is testing… continue…

No Bachelor’s Degree? No Problem, in NYC’s Tech Scene

Posted In Looking in Tech
NYC Tech Jobs Graph
When it comes to working in New York City’s tech scene, the lack of a bachelor’s degree isn’t an impediment: a recent report (PDF) by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY), NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), Citi, and Google found that 44 percent of jobs in the city’s “tech ecosystem” don’t require a four-year diploma. New York City has spent several years encouraging the growth of “Silicon Alley.” In addition to major tech companies such as Google and Facebook… continue…

Washington: Surprising Reasons Behind Promising Job Market

Posted In Looking in Tech
D.C.
What’s New This Quarter A long and miserable winter in D.C. coupled with the usual governmental tumult has left federal workers in terrible moods. According to a poll conducted by researcher Market Connections and FierceGovIT, 50 percent of government employees said recent policies were a reason to leave government work, while 39 percent said staffing issues have gotten so bad that mission-critical work is not getting done. “This level of frustration is fueled by policies and budget cuts we’ve seen… continue…

Incentives Lure More Tech Jobs to Austin

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Austin Skyline
The big tech job news in the Austin, Texas, area continues to surround Dell, which last year offered a voluntary separation package intended to weed out those who didn’t share its “passion and enthusiasm” for life as a private company. When response to the offer was tepid, Dell laid off a few thousand workers, equaling about 2 percent of its workforce. That doesn’t mean the computer maker’s stopped hiring, though. “We’re hiring in strategic areas of our business, including hardware… continue…

IT Warned to Prepare for New HR Demands

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Human Resouces Application
Changes in the way companies hire and manage their resources will impact the technology used to support Human Resources functions, forcing IT departments to implement applications that match new approaches to managing the workforce. Speaking to Computer Weekly, Jason Averbook, chief innovation officer at cloud consulting firm Appirio, said the changes “will create headaches” as technology departments scramble to deliver new services to a dispersed workforce. “By 2020 there will be upwards of 50 percent of employees [in a typical… continue…

How the Push of Activist Investors Pressures Tech Jobs

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Disappointed Investor
Recent layoffs at Juniper Networks — the company is cutting 6 percent of its workforce — is symptomatic of a growing battle between Wall Street financiers and Silicon Valley tech companies. As more hedge funds, private equity firms and activist investors put their money into the technology space, they’re demanding better financial returns, even from healthy companies. And that often puts technology workers at risk. Hedge funds and private equity firms in particular have reputations as short-term thinkers, ready to… continue…