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Seattle Offers Options to Microsoft’s Laid-Off Legions

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When Microsoft announced layoffs of up to 18,000 worldwide employees on July 17—with 1,300 cuts coming to its Seattle headquarters—you could almost see the shock waves, given most analysts had predicted a number closer to 6,000. The cuts will be completed by next July. With new-ish CEO Satya Nadella preaching a philosophy of “agility,” the company is pinning its hopes not only on the next version of Windows (which may erase the generally negative view of Windows 8) but also… continue…

Demand for Tech Pros Still High in Seattle

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Seattle needs tech workers. That’s the conclusion reached by King 5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate, which paints a picture of six-figure starting salaries for software engineers, startups fighting over the most proficient tech pros, and job offers sprinkling from the sky like rain. Click here to find tech jobs in Seattle. But is that report accurate? Seattle’s insatiable demand for tech workers is nothing new. In January, startups and well-established tech companies alike reported a desperate need for thousands of tech… continue…

Cloud Efforts Drive Hiring in Seattle

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In June, the New York Times affirmed what the Puget Sound tech community already knew: Cloud technology is turning out to be Seattle’s hottest commodity. “It’s like Detroit used to be for car companies,” Bill Hilf, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of cloud product management, told the newspaper. “The galactic players are here, and they are creating lots of little companies.” Hilf, a Microsoft alum, is helping to launch HP’s new HP Helion cloud computing initiative in Seattle, with $1 billion of… continue…

In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

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What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

In Seattle, Demand for Tech Workers is Insatiable

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What’s New This Quarter Here’s an amazing stat: Amazon recently hired 12,800 employees bringing its headcount up to 109,800, compared with 81,400 a year ago. That means the company employs more people worldwide than Microsoft does and on any given day has thousands of additional job opportunities listed. (It’s not easy to get in the door, though. Applicants at Amazon’s Lab126 in Cupertino, Calif., which currently has more than 150 positions available, report eight-hour job interviews in front of nine different… continue…

Seattle Executives Optimistic About Tech Scene

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What’s New This Quarter Now that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced his upcoming resignation and penned a series of memos about the future of “One Microsoft,” pundits are speculating about what a 2014 Microsoft may look like, and not just because Nokia’s phone business is being brought into the fold. How many jobs could hang in the balance? Thousands could be at stake. (The company currently employs just under 100,000 people worldwide.) If you want to pursue a job… continue…

Seattle Real Estate Boom Seems Big, Job Growth Is Shallow

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Booming real estate might make you think Seattle would be a great place to build a career. But think again, before you move. Except for a handful of very large IT companies, the market for commercial space to house new hires isn’t as hot as it may seem. For example, the “giant tech bet” touted by Seattle-area promoters as a $2.3 billion economic bonanza may ultimately fail to come to fruition. In fact, the new Spring District in Bellevue, Wash.,… continue…

Tech Demand in Seattle Now Trumps Silicon Valley?

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Seattle-area employers advertised for more than 31,000 technology jobs during August, according to WANTED Analytics, which reports that demand in the Emerald City is growing faster than in Silicon Valley and San Francisco. The number of tech jobs grew 7 percent in August, compared with the same time last year and more than 160 percent compared with four years ago. Occupations cited as the most in demand in Seattle include: 1. Software developers (applications) 2. IT project managers 3. Web developers 4.… continue…

Twitter Sinks Roots in Seattle

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Twitter has leased 16,000 square feet in Seattle’s 30-story Century Tower in what’s described as its “first major office presence in the Seattle market.” Although the micro-blogging site has had staff in the Emerald City since its April 2010 acquisition of Cloudhopper, it’s contended itself with leasing space near Pike Place Market from a flex-workspace provider. If laid out in a fashion similar to other tech companies, the new office could provide space for 100 workers. The company hasn’t said… continue…

In Seattle, It’s All About Software Development

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What’s New This Quarter T.J. Doton, Managing Director of recruiting firm Randstad Technologies in Seattle/Bellevue, has some good news: Overall unemployment in the region has hit its lowest level since August 2008 — 4.7 percent, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Since IT has traditionally trended at nearly half of the overall rate, the tech sector is effectively at full employment. Some companies to watch: Local employment leader Amazon, which has won a $600 million contract from the… continue…