Some Companies REQUIRE Employees to Take Vacation

Posted In Looking in Tech
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…

Candidates Find More Leverage in Job Negotiations

Posted In Looking in Tech
Negotiation Meeting
As tech employers scramble to find the professionals they need, candidates are discovering they have more clout when it comes to negotiating salaries and sign-on bonuses. Developers and architects skilled in Python, Java, Java Swing, C++ and C# are often in the best position to press for better deals, some recruiters say. When companies get to the point of making an offer, they’re often making very good ones. They’re also holding out for close-to-perfect fits, says Richelle Konian, CEO of… continue…

4 IT Master’s Degrees That Could Boost Your Pay

Posted In Looking in Tech
College Money
Specialized master’s degrees in IT are cropping up at an increasing rate to cover everything from data science to technology management to enterprise architecture. Despite the wide range of areas covered, the programs have a common thread: They’re decidedly management-track, representing “a way to understand how technology truly supports the business,” says Priscilla Tate, President and Executive Director of the New York-based Technology Managers Forum. “If you’re a programmer, on-the-job experience is the big thing. But the corporate track is… continue…

Should You Take That Counteroffer?

Posted In Looking in Tech
Dice President Shravan Goli’s latest column in Baseline magazine focuses on one of the thornier scenarios confronting tech pros: the counteroffer. “In my 20 years in technology,” he writes, “I’ve seen colleagues handle counteroffer situations well, and I’ve seen them botch them so badly that they destroyed valuable relationships and harmed their career in the process.” The key to navigating through those rocky shoals, he adds, is a judicious analysis of the situation, along with a hefty dose of tact.… continue…

Tech Pros’ Salaries, Confidence Rise: Dice Report

Posted In Looking in Tech
Salary Satisfaction Slippi
More technology professionals in the U.S. enjoyed merit raises over the last year, driving average salaries up in 2013. Average U.S. tech salaries increased nearly three percent to $87,811 in 2013, up from $85,619 the previous year, according to the 2014-2013 Salary Survey from Dice, the leading career site for technology and engineering professionals. (Tweet This) Technology professionals understand they can easily find ways to grow their career in 2014, with two-thirds of respondents (65%) confident in finding a new,… continue…

Local Governments Face IT Talent Squeeze

Posted In Looking in Tech
Tech companies aren’t the only organizations scrambling to find qualified tech professionals. Local governments are feeling the pinch, as well. A big reason: Senior government IT executives are preparing to retire and potential replacements are few and far between, according to Government Technology. The recession has kept the problem at bay for a while, with its budget cutbacks, layoffs and caps on hiring. Local CIOs outsourced IT systems, brought in consultants and took advantage of computer services and software on… continue…

These 5 Tech Jobs Will See the Most Growth in 2014

Posted In Looking in Tech
Techonomics Logo Thumbnail
Mobile app developers top the list of Robert Half Technology’s top growth tech jobs for 2014. Given the high demand for mobile-dev skills and the difficulty finding people who have them, that’s no surprise. RHT compiles this list based on increases to average starting salaries. Next year, the Internet of Things will be a big driver of demand for software developers and engineers as more applications are built around everything from cars to house alarms to refrigerators. One thing spurring… continue…

Budgets, Salaries, Training Point to Strong IT Job Market

Posted In Looking in Tech
With IT budgets up, salaries increasing and more companies investing in training, it’s a great time to be in the IT job market, says Leon Kappelman, a professor at the College of Business at the University of North Texas. Kappelman, who focuses on IT management issues, was part of the team that compiled the 34th annual Society for Information Management IT Trends Study for 2013. “It’s a good time to be a geek: Salaries are increasing, money going to training is… continue…

South Florida Companies Predict More IT Hiring

Posted In Looking in Tech
Thumbs Up
IT professionals and South Florida businesses see a continued turnaround in local technology hiring and salaries, according to a survey by Miami-based staffing company SherlockTech Staffing. Some 61 percent of the companies surveyed said they plan to hire additional technology staff during 2014. That compares with 57 percent this year. For the most in-demand skills, average starting salaries will increase 10 to 18 percent, the survey said. Those include enterprise-level mobile application developers, cloud infrastructure engineers and IT security analysts.… continue…

Software, Data Skills Key to Bigger Paychecks in 2014

Techonomics Logo Thumbnail
Though few packages are on par with Twitter’s $10 million engineer Christopher Fry, pay is on the upswing for IT occupations, according to a Robert Half Technology salary survey. The survey projects that while salaries will rise an average 3.7 percent in 2014 across a number of sectors — accounting/finance, technology, legal, creative and administrative jobs — the positions with the highest jumps will be engineering, software development and programming. For instance, mobile applications developers and software developers will see… continue…