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Why Soft Skills Give New Graduates an Edge

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Interpersonal skills – those so-called “soft skills” that tech professionals deride so much – continue to be an important consideration when employers make their hiring decisions. However, more than half of the CIOs surveyed by recruiter Robert Half Technology say these abilities are the biggest thing lacking among new graduates. In particular, the CIOs want to see more skills applied to communicating, collaborating and acting diplomatically when it’s necessary. Hiring managers place a lot of value in the ability to… continue…

Tech Consulting Jobs Gain Strength

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Management and technical consulting jobs posted 2013’s largest year-over-year gain in June, rising 6.1 percent to 1,187,400 jobs, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. During earlier months, the annual gain remained in the 5 percent range. Consulting jobs are gaining strength in part because companies remain tentative in hiring full-time workers. That may not change for a while. Besides the slow economic expansion, businesses are nervous about the impact of federal sequestration. Meanwhile, the computer systems design… continue…

IT Employment Accelerates

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IT employment jumped 5.43 percent year-over-year in May, nearly twice the rate seen in 2012, according to TechServe Alliance’s IT Employment Index. During the month, the number of technology jobs rose to 4.45 million, compared with 4.22 million in May 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, the index rose just 2.82 percent. “I am pleased to see accelerating growth in IT employment reflecting robust demand for talent,” Mark Roberts, TechServe CEO, said in a statement. “Going forward, the greatest risk potentially… continue…

Tech Unemployment Numbers Hint at Demand for Women

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For the past three consecutive months, the unemployment rate for women in IT has been lower than that of men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The latest figures, from May, show the women’s tech unemployment rate stood at 3.0 percent compared to 3.6 percent for men. A year earlier, the women’s rate was 6.8 percent compared to 2.3 percent for men. Digging into the Numbers When it comes to computer and math jobs, men outnumber women by a… continue…

Telecommunications Employment Claws Its Way Higher

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The number of tech jobs overall expanded by 2.6 percent in May, maintaining the pace set in April and showing hints of new hiring in several sectors that have been suffering from a contracting employment market. For example, the number of jobs in telecommunications rose by 0.1 percent year on year, modest to be sure but an improvement over April’s decline of 0.6 percent and January’s drop of 1.6 percent. Driving the improvement was the continued, insatiable appetite for data,… continue…

Rise in CIS Degrees Continues for 2nd Year

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Computer and information sciences degrees continued to climb for the second consecutive year in 2010-11, according to a recent Dice Report. Back in 2008-09, when the number of degrees bottomed out at 37,994, the country was in the midst of an economic crisis that resulted in some students delaying graduation because of financial hardships. But since then, universities and colleges have seen a bump in the number of computer science graduates. This same trend was also evident by the Computer… continue…

Tech Jobs Rise 2.6 Percent from April 2012

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Management and technical consulting jobs continue to post strong growth, showing a nearly 6 percent gain in April over their performance a year ago, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.It was the best-performing sector in tech, where the number of jobs overall rose 2.6 percent. Not only was the sector the highest gainer for the month, but it’s posted consecutive monthly growth since the turn of the year. In January, there were nearly 1.16 million jobs in the area.… 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…

Unemployment Gap Narrows for Women in IT

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The gap in the unemployment rates for women and men in technology showed signs of narrowing during the first quarter: The unemployment rate for women in computer and mathematical occupations fell to 3.1 percent, compared with 3.7 percent for men, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  But this seems to be more than a one-quarter thing. A 12-month moving average of unemployment rates between women and men in IT from the Economic Policy Institute shows the gender gap narrowing… continue…

Have DP, Hosting Jobs Finally Bottomed Out?

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After months of year-over-year declines for jobs in data processing, hosting and services, the sector’s employment is showing signs of stabilizing. Although the area added just 200 jobs year-over-year in March, Eduardo Martinez, a senior economist for Moody’s Analytics, says its outlook is favorable as businesses — and especially government agencies — outsource their big data needs to pure-play data-hosting companies. Meantime, Martinez expects consulting to remain strong, even as the economy recovers. “This is the new normal,” he says. “After… continue…