Techonomics

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…

Why VCs Prefer Silicon Valley Investments

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When you’re looking for investors, where you’re working can have an awful lot to do with your success. One reason: More tech companies in Silicon Valley pay off for VCs than in any other region of the country. According to researcher CB Insights, tech companies in Silicon Valley made up 52 percent of the value from the 50 largest venture-backed exits so far this year. If you include Facebook’s IPO, the number rises to 86 percent. Digging In While Silicon… continue…

Does Facebook Get Credit for San Mateo Pay Surge?

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Although Silicon Valley’s San Mateo County ranks fifth among the nation’s largest 334 counties when it comes to average weekly wages, it posted the largest jump in first quarter salary over the previous year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Home to tech names like Oracle, Electronic Arts and Facebook, the county posted a 14.8 percent increase in average weekly wages during the first quarter. That’s far higher than the national average increase, which was a scant 0.6 percent… continue…

Tech Workers Would Trade Pay to Telecommute

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Tech workers like telecommuting so much that they’re willing to take a pay cut to get it, according to a recent survey by GetVoIP, a comparison shopping service for remote workers, businesses and homes. Fifty three percent of the 501 technology workers surveyed indicated they are willing to accept reduced compensation in order to telecommute. How much of a reduction you may ask? An average of 7.9 percent. To put this into dollars and cents, a software developer earning $90,530… continue…

How to Win In the Mobile App Download War

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First-mover advantage is going to play a big role for mobile app developers in the coming years, as these developers look to build their career and companies around the swelling volume of downloads coming out of mobile app stores. According to a Gartner research report released in the past week, the number of annual downloads from mobile app stores is expected to reach 268.7 billion by 2017, more than four times the level of last year. And of those downloads,… continue…

Computer, Telecom Sector Jobs Rise

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Jobs in two tech sectors posted sequential and year-over-year job growth in August, though the overall IT industry remained more or less even, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During the month, the computer and peripheral equipment business had 164,300 jobs, up from 161,800 in July. Year on year, the number of positions in the sector rose 1.8 percent. The outlook for the sector is improving: According to a report from researcher MarketLine, a growing economy could… continue…

More Tech Workers Will Relocate For Jobs

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The need to relocate isn’t nearly the obstacle it once was when it comes to accepting a new job, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. In fact, the number of people willing to pack up and move soared during the first half of the year, reaching levels not seen since the beginning of the Great Recession. Overall, the percentage of unemployed managers and executives who relocated rose to 14 percent, more than double the 6.7 percent who moved… continue…

Java, C, C++ Remain Programmers’ Favorites

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Java and C are the most popular programming languages, according to the latest TIOBE Programming Index. While the Top 10 popular programming languages have virtually remained unchanged over the past five years, there, nonetheless, have been some significant shifts. Objective-C, for example, had been listed at No. 41 in 2008, but has risen to the fourth slot in August’s report. “Objective-C is an old programming language. But when the iPhone came out, you could only create apps for it if… continue…

Are Telecom Jobs Seeing Real Growth?

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For a time, telecommunications jobs have been clawing their way out of year-over-year declines, but now they’re showing signs of actual growth. For the past three consecutive months, jobs in the industry have posted year-over-year increases. Admittedly, those increases are small but they’re adding up to a trend. In July, jobs in the sector rose by 0.2 percent. In June, they were flat — but not in negative territory. In May, the jobs inched up by 0.1 percent from the… continue…

Tech Sector Layoffs Decline from 2012

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Tech sector layoffs spiked in the second quarter, with some 16,404 jobs being lost, nearly 5 times the level of the previous period. Still, it’s a dramatic improvement over the second quarter of 2012, when more than 32,000 jobs were eliminated, according to data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The second quarter hit may come down to a simple case of timing. Consider: Computer sales generally get a boost during the third quarter with back-to-school sales, followed by… continue…