Techonomics

Revealing Numbers on Tech’s Racial Diversity

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It’s an increasingly accepted notion that diversity leads to innovation and better products, since different types of people bring different points of view to the table. That’s one reason it’s important to have cross-cultural teams in place throughout the tech world. Unfortunately, lack of diversity can be self-perpetuating: A number of minority professionals get fed up with the monochrome character of their workplace and move on to other opportunities. According to the National Science Foundation, blacks, Latinos, Native Americans, Alaska… continue…

Silicon Valley Wage Growth Leads the Country

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If you work in Silicon Valley, chances are you made more money in 2013 than you did in 2012, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Both Santa Clara and San Mateo counties saw an increase in average weekly wages during the second quarter last year compared to the same period of 2012. Wages in San Mateo County increased 8 percent year-over-year. Workers across the country, in a variety of industries, will likely see a 3.7 percent increase in salaries… continue…

Pre-Employment Credit Check Hits Tech Workers Hard

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Technology job candidates are among the most likely to be screened with pre-employment credit checks, so they may be particularly interested in a proposal in Congress that would bar employers from using such checks during the hiring process. According to a random survey of 544 human resource professionals, 87 percent say job candidates with responsibility for technology, as well as fiduciary and financial responsibility, are subject to pre-employment credit screening. Oracle, for one, has previously come under fire for its… continue…

Brisk Departures for Telecom CEOs

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Microsoft developers may have been relieved after CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement earlier this year. And Acer America’s staff may have felt somewhat satisfied after CEO J.T. Wang announced his resignation in November, given their lack of faith in him. And BlackBerry’s CEO Thorsten Heins, well, he was bound to go at some point. But these tech CEOs weren’t the only ones who headed out the door in 2013. In fact, a total of 180 heads of U.S. tech… continue…

The Top 10 Technology Trends for 2014

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The growth of Infrastructure as a Service will be one of the top technology trends during 2014, according to three major research firms — Gartner, IDC and Forrester Research. IDC expects data centers to turn into specialized cloud infrastructure services that focus on certain workloads as part of the Cloud Services trend, while Gartner envisions a rise in Hybrid Cloud and IaaS brokers as personal clouds merge with external private clouds. Forrester, meanwhile, foresees a generic IaaS for public, private… continue…

Best Places to Work: Twitter’s Culture Rules

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It’s been a good couple of months for Twitter. It’s gone public, finally added a woman to its board of directors and now has been named the No. 1 tech company to work at in Glassdoor’s annual survey of the 50 best places to work. Twitter not only grabbed the top spot on the tech list – displacing Facebook — but it did so during the first year it made it onto the list at all, points out Scott Dobroski,… 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…

CIOs Allow More Online Shopping from Work

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Businesses and their CIOs are warming up to the notion that online shopping at work isn’t necessarily a bad thing, according to a survey from Robert Half Technology. Of the more than 2,300 CIOs surveyed, 70 percent either allow unrestricted access to online shopping services or access as long as it isn’t excessive. That’s a substantial difference from 2010, when a similar survey found less than half allowed such behavior. Perhaps a more telling metric is the percentage of CIOs… continue…

Small Startups Better Bet for Women Engineers

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For companies whose workforce includes more than 100 engineers, the proportion of women on engineering teams falls far below the national average of 25 percent, according to data from Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou. But when it comes to startups with up to seven engineers, the prospect for women vastly improves. At those companies, they comprise at least 50 percent of the engineering team. What Gives? Some of the big companies with a smaller proportion of women engineers may surprise you:… continue…

Tech Hot Spots Aren’t Necessarily Where You Think

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Tech centers are leading the recovery, adding jobs more quickly than the overall economy, according to the Progressive Policy Institute. In a recent analysis, the think tank ranked the top 25 counties for tech job growth as a share of total private-sector employment between 2007 and 2012. Among other things, it found those centers aren’t necessarily where you might think. “Counties with a higher number of new tech/information sector jobs … enjoyed substantially faster growth in both overall private employment… continue…