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Some say the IT job market is improvingMay 22nd, 2013
An on-line job portal, Dice says IT degree graduates are finding jobs. They also say that some companies still report technology-skill shortages.
According to them there hass been a solid job market for entry level tech professionals in the past few years with more than 40,000 joining the job market in a given year. That, combined with growing enrollments in computer science departments, implies even bigger numbers of newly minted professionals will be available for the companies that seek to employ them in the years to come. However experience is often valued over education in technology departments. It is recommended that students get some experience.
- Best City for IT jobs - New York 8,600 jobs available
- Second Best City for IT Jobs - Washington DC/Baltimore - 7,000 jobs available
- Third Best Market - Silicon Valley - 5,200 jobs available
- Next Best City - Chicago - 3,800 jobs available
- Unfilled IT jobs in the US over 83,000 -- 48,000 are full time positions
- Over 37,000 contractor positions open
- Over 50,300 IT degrees issued in 2012 versus 59,500 in 2003 (source Dept of Education)
- Low point in number of degrees 2009 - 38,000
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Security IT Pros are in short supplyMay 21st, 2013
There is a cybersecurity skills shortage and recent studies magnify the fact.
- 25% of mid-market (i.e. 100 to 999 employees) and enterprise (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) report a "problematic shortage" of IT security skills.
- 36% of organizations increasing IT headcount this year plan to hire information security staff. Of all the IT headcount being added in 2013, hiring information security professionals is the highest of priority.
- 83% of enterprise organizations say that it is "extremely difficult" or "somewhat difficult" to recruit and hire information security specialists. Those organizations having the hardest time include companies in rural areas, mid-market firms, and vertical industries like academia, and the public sector.
IBM recognizes that a dearth of cybersecurity skills presents a threat to its customers, its security business, and its services organization. IBM is trying to do something about it. IBM just published a paper called, Cybersecurity Education for the Next Generation - http://www.e-janco.com/register_security_IBM_paper.asp.
The paper provides a high-level overview of the current state of cybersecurity skills and education and then suggests a few changes. IBM suggests that cybersecurity programs must become:
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- More comprehensive. Yes, firewall rules and AV signatures are important, but the next-generation of cybersecurity leaders need to be able to understand cybersecurity as it relates to the business, legal system, and society. This means that cybersecurity education has to branch out from the Computer Science department alone.
- More cooperative. Cybersecurity protection doesn't work when the CISO and team are not part of business, IT, and application planning. That said, many groups view the security team in an adversarial way. The next-generation of cybersecurity leaders must be able to break down legacy walls and become business facilitators rather than business impediments.
- Book smart and street smart. We need cybersecurity people who understand what works in theory and practice. A degree or certification alone isn't enough.
Software Developer Wages Fall Two Percent as Workforce ExpandsMay 18th, 2013
The Janco Associates, Inc. and eJobDescription.com salary survey draws on data collected throughout the year by extensive internet-based and completed survey forms sent to businesses throughout the United States and Canada. Over 300 companies participate in the survey.
The U.S. tech industry added nearly 64,000 software related jobs last year, but as the workforce expanded, the average size of workers' pay checks declined by nearly 2%.
There are multiple theories for the decline in pay, but a common one cited by analysts is simply that the new people being hired are paid less than those already on the job.
The average annual wage of all workers in the software services sector was $99,000 in 2012, about $2,000 less than the prior year.
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Unemployment picture looking better but…May 17th, 2013
Unemployment picture is looking better in many parts of the country, however some states continue to see levels are 8% and above. Included are some of the most populated states like Illinois, California, and New Jersey.
States with High Unemployment
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- Unemployment is over 9% in 8 states not a good sign for IT Pros As people continue to forecast an improvement in the economy, the latest BLS data shows there still are 8 states with unemployment number that are...
- IT Employment Up In a Soft Job Market Between the first to second quarter of this year, the unemployment rate of computer hardware engineers went from 4.4% to 0.5%. For software developers, the...
- IT Job Market is Poor at Best IT Job Market Is Poor At Best The information technology job market in the U.S. shrank by 6,600 jobs in September, and the number of...
H-1B current readingsMay 16th, 2013
H-1B battle Readings
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- H-1B politics shifts to backroom as vote nears
- Senators begin contentious H-1B battle
- Tech may sink immigration bill if unhappy, Sen. Hatch warns
- An H-1B jobs database the tech industry may hate
- U.S. firms say H-1B restrictions may help them
- Senate's big immigration bill seeks to crack down on offshore outsourcing
- Senate immigration bill may push back on globalization
- U.S. gets 124,000 H-1B petitions, 45% above cap
- With H-1B cap exceeded, visa lottery will be needed
- U.S. gets flood of H-1B petitions on first day
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Technology based jobs grew slightly in the last 12 monthMay 14th, 2013
According to thier analysis, the tech industry's growth slightly outpaced the overall private sector in the U.S., which grew by 1%.
Three of four tech industry sectors defined by TA saw growth in 2012. Software services drove the vast majority of growth during the year, adding a net 63,900 jobs, compared to 11,300 jobs added in engineering and tech services and 1,800 added in Internet and telecommunication services. Tech manufacturing had a net decline in employment, dropping by 9,500 jobs.
Thirty-nine states saw a net increase in tech employment in 2012, with the largest increase in California with 17,700 jobs, Texas with 10,000 jobs and New York with 8,400 jobs. The fastest rates of growth were in North Dakota, Michigan and Missouri, all with more than 3% growth.
The top states for tech employment in 2012 were California (968,800), Texas (485,600), New York (318,200), Virginia (285,400), and Florida (270,900), the report said.
As in the past, Virginia continued to lead the nation in concentration of high-tech workers in 2012, with 9.8% of its private sector workforce employed in the tech industry.
California's tech industry workers were paid the highest annual average wage of $123,900 in 2012, followed by Massachusetts, at $116,000, and Washington state at $110,200.
California was the top state for employment numbers in 12 of 15 tech industry sectors, but other states had strong concentrations in some tech fields. Minnesota ranked first in electromedical equipment manufacturing, and Washington ranked first in software publishers, the report said.
Virginia ranked second in computer systems design, and Massachusetts ranked second in measuring and control instruments manufacturing and in R&D and testing labs.- more info
Are Baby Boomers a driver in lower labor participation rates?May 13th, 2013
Since October 2009, while the civilian population aged 16 and older has risen by 8.6 million people, the labor force has risen by just 1.4 million people, cutting the labor force participation rate to its lowest level since 1979. Or, if the U.S. economy had just maintained the participation rate that prevailed in October 2009, there would be almost 4.2 million more people in the labor force today.
It can be argued that larger numbers of older workers in their 50s and 60s have been discouraged by the lack of opportunities, and are opting for retirement sooner than they would have in a gangbuster economy.
However the formal retirement rate keeps going up, and the net result is an economy with fewer and fewer available workers. Baby boomers are distorting the numbers, because they account for an outsized portion of the population and as they move from prime working age into their golden years, their retirement drags down the overall participation rate just as they helped to elevate it when they entered the market.
There needs to be a way to look at and measure the impact of people engaging in non-traditional approaches to careers, such as part-time, creative and entrepreneurial pursuits. Dropping out of the workforce doesnt mean dropping out of life.more info
People may be going back to work...May 10th, 2013
Among those persons marginally attached to the labor force in April 2013, there were 835,000 discouraged workers - decrease of 133,000 workers from a year earlier.
Persons not in the labor force by desire and availability for work, April 2013
Total not in the labor force 90,436,000
Do not want a job now 84,107,000
Want a job 6,329,000
Did not search for work in previous year 3,196,000
Searched for work in previous year(2) but not in past 4 weeks 3,133,000
Searched for work in the previous year but not available to work now 786,000
Marginally attached (available to work now) 2,347,000
Discouraged over job prospects 835,000
Reasons other than discouragement 1,512,000
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More IT LayoffsMay 9th, 2013
CA Technologies will lay off approximately 1,200 employees worldwide and consolidate its development operations after the company reported disappointing fourth-quarter financial results.
The company expects to carry out the majority of the cutbacks by the end of the current quarter in June and will take a charge of approximately $150 million in fiscal 2014 to cover those costs.
CA reported revenue of $1.15 billion for the fourth quarter ended March 31, a decline of 3 percent from $1.18 billion in the same period one year earlier. Income from continuing operations was $242 million, up 15 percent from $211 million last year.- more info