Tech Pros’ Salaries, Confidence Rise: Dice Report

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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

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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…

More Startups Help Workers Cash Out Before IPO

Startup employees with an equity stake generally can’t cash out until the company goes public or is bought out. But a growing number of workers want the cash now – and more companies are offering them a way to get it. Aiming for a valuation of $5 billion, payment startup Square is raising money that would allow the company to buy employee shares, and companies including SpaceX, Evernote, SurveyMonkey and WordPress creator Automattic have been helping employees sell their stock… continue…

These 5 Tech Jobs Will See the Most Growth in 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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…

Software Engineers Earn More at Smaller Companies

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Amid the frenzy to hire top software engineers, the top names don’t necessarily pay the top salaries, according to a new report from Glassdoor. The report is based on the self-reported salary data of more than 33,000 software engineers. Juniper Networks leads its list at $159,990 in base pay, with LinkedIn ($136,427), Yahoo ($130,312), Google ($127,143) and Twitter ($124,863) rounding out the top five. But Walmart, at No. 8 ($122,110), comes in ahead of reported salaries at Facebook, eBay, Amazon… continue…

Air Force Sweetens the Deal for Fighter Pilots

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Tech companies aren’t the only ones faced with retention problems: The Air Force is in the same boat. So, it’s offering fighter pilots an extra $25,000 per year for nine years if they sign up for its Aviator Retention Program by September 30. The service has about 3,000 fighter jocks right now, but warns of a potential shortage of 700 by 2021. It wants 130 pilots to take the deal. Some already have signed on. “Were it not for [the… continue…

6 Stories to Help You Find Better Pay

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With tech salaries rising to their highest level in a decade last year, it’s a good time to size up your marketability and maybe push your boss for a bit more money. But how? For starters, think location, location, location. What works in real estate can also play out when it comes to salary, since jobs in some metro areas yield better compensation than similar jobs in other locales. Surprisingly, Pittsburgh tech professionals reaped the largest percentage increase in pay… continue…