Planning for the Financial Impact of Your New Job

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By Brian Spero Technology employers continue to struggle to find the right people to fill open positions, which is a good thing for people who are looking for work. Those with the right set of skills and experience can find themselves weighing several offers at once, a notion that has more IT professionals weighing the possibility of jumping to new company. As they mull things over, though, many job seekers don’t pay nearly enough attention to the financial implications of… continue…

The Sweet Spot for Raises May Not Be Where You Think

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When it comes to salary increases, experience matters, but maybe not in the way you’d think. Last year, the average salary jumped 10.2 percent over the previous year for tech workers with three to five years of experience, according to Dice’s salary survey. Tech professionals with 15 or more years of experience received a 3.8 percent increase, to $103,012. While it stands to reason that higher salaries tend toward lower percentage increases from year to year, that doesn’t explain why… continue…

3 Billing Strategies for Consultants

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Generally, there are three ways you can bill a customer: Hourly, a set retainer rate paid weekly (or bi-weekly, or monthly), or a set retainer rate paid in advance (weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly). Cat takes a look at each. See all of our stories about contracting and consulting here.

Recruiters See Continued Strength in Tech Job Offers

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Despite slowing somewhat, IT salaries continued to rise during the first quarter, in some cases pushed notably higher by a lack of professionals with the expertise needed to help businesses meet federal health-care mandates and varying business requirements. According to the PayScale Quarterly Index, the usual growth rate of IT pay of more than 1 percent per quarter stalled at just 0.2 percent during the first period of the year. In addition, overall wages in some tech-centric cities stalled or… continue…