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People are back at work after a long Labor Day weekend – though perhaps not as many as economists had predicted. Let’s take a look at the August 2016 BLS jobs report.
1. Pay didn’t increase as much as predicted. Average hourly wages were only up .12% (3 cents) from last month, whereas last year they were up 2.4% from a year ago. According to the Wall Street Journal, this could have something to do with the fact that the lowest-paying sector – “food services and drinking places” – also added the most jobs of the month.
2. Fewer jobs were added. While 270,000 jobs were added in July, only 151,000 jobs were added in August. That’s a sharp decrease, and also less than the consensus, which had been 180,000. Still, that number is considered enough to absorb workforce growth, says bankrate.com.
3. It’s not as bad as it sounds. For some reason, possibly due to school starting, August numbers have often been disappointing. This is why economists say month-by-month reporting isn’t as reliable as year-by-year reporting. Plus, while the numbers aren’t great, they still show steady if slow growth.
In April, more tech professionals quit their jobs than in March. This is according to the latest U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey. And it’s part of a continuing trend, as this quarter, more techies quit than in the last.
Why the voluntary quits? Many workers are simply leaving their current positions to accept or search for new, better ones that pay more for their skill set. This confidence in their ability to find new jobs suggests a strong economy, at least where tech is concerned.
But besides money, there are other reasons more tech pros are quitting their jobs. A recent Dice survey found that 43 percent of tech professionals who plan on quitting are searching for better working conditions. A third of the workers who are leaving their jobs desire more responsibility within their position. Another 16 percent are looking for a shorter commute, while 14 percent are relocating. And companies are taking notice.
As tech professionals get choosier, employers are responding by increasing incentives to retain them. More companies are offering higher compensation, more challenging assignments, flexible work schedules, opportunities to work remotely, and more frequent promotions.
All that to say, it’s a great time to be in tech. If you’re interested in pursuing your own new opportunities, the cards are stacked in your favor. Check out TRC Staffing Solutions for jobs available in your desired area.
If you’re a tech worker, your skills are in demand and you can find work with competitive pay in a large variety of towns. But according to online salary database PayScale.com, some cities stood out as having the best pay and the most jobs. Here are the top ten cities for technology jobs right now.
- Greater San Francisco. Home of Google, Facebook, and countless others, that the Bay area ranks first for technology career opportunities shouldn’t come as a surprise.
- Seattle. Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing, and a strong startup community keep tech workers flocking to the northwestern city. Look for tech jobs in Seattle.
- Washington, DC. The U.S. capital has a huge need for tech workers who know how to build security systems, maintain collections of data, and support U.S. defense.
- Austin. Dell as well as a strong startup community keep tech workers employed – and the need for tech workers here is only growing. Look for tech jobs in Austin.
- Raleigh. Part of the Research Triangle, Raleigh, North Carolina has a high concentration of technology companies, academic research institutions, startups and more. It’s perfect for a tech worker looking for a new opportunity. Look for tech jobs in Raleigh.
- Denver. Local universities and a great economy makes Denver a great spot for tech workers – especially those who love the outdoors.
- Salt Lake City. Overstock.com, the U.S. Air Force, and L-3 Communications among others provide plenty of tech jobs with excellent pay.
- Boston. Major research universities and big biotech companies abound in Boston, making it a top pick for people looking for technology jobs.
- Minneapolis. United Health Group, General Mills, Accenture, and several universities are located in Minneapolis, and with them thousands of tech jobs.
- New York City. From major employers to soon-to-be-big startups, NYC is a city of opportunity for anyone, and especially people looking for tech jobs.
A new survey by app maker TINYpulse suggests many tech workers aren’t happy with their jobs – despite being well-compensated monetarily.
According to a poll of 5,000 developers, IT specialists, engineers and others, technical workers are less happy than other types of workers in each category. For example, only 36% of tech workers say they see opportunity for professional growth, compared to 50% of other workers, such as plumbers, teachers and architects.
Tech workers gave a similar response for questions regarding their relationships with co-workers, feeling recognized for their contributions, and being happy in general at work. For each question, they reported their overall satisfaction as lower than that of other types of workers.
This survey comes on the heels of The New York Times report of a dismal workplace environment at Amazon.
But this shouldn’t be the case. Technical skills are some of the most highly sought after today, and technical workers are paid six figure salaries because of it. Perhaps the findings point to a disconnect between these workers, and the companies that employee them. If the findings are true, companies must evaluate the situation and figuring out how to best improve it through constant back-and-forth communication with their employees. These workers are helping to create the future, and it’s in everyone’s interests that their voices be heard about how to make their work environments happy, healthy, and conducive to their best performance.
As for tech workers finding happiness on the job – it’s important to find the right company culture fit, when searching for a new technical job opportunity, whether it’s a permanent or project-based tech job. Do your research and take your time getting to know the company, before accepting an offer. Take advantage of technical recruiting firms like TRC Professional Solutions who can do much of your legwork for you. Your skill set is crucial to the workforce today, and you deserve to be happy at work.
The tech industry especially is known for evolving quickly. So if you’ve been out of the tech job market for a while, you may feel a bit dusty. But if you possess specialized knowledge, there’s a need for you right now – all you need is a little extra effort to position yourself perfectly for landing your next tech job.
The first thing to note is that a resume and great interviewing skills remain paramount – but they’re often not enough. Today, you’ll need to go the extra mile to put yourself out there. Those little extra steps will produce big results. For example…
Be social online.
If you don’t have a social presence, create one. If you have one but it’s neglected, it’s time to start showing up online. Explore the appropriate channels including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and so on. Use these platforms to show who you are and to network with other likeminded people in the tech industry. Share your work, and work you admire with hashtags that help other tech professionals locate it. You’ll not only make yourself more visible to potential employers, but you’ll be able to reach out to them, via their own social media.
Getting your tech skillset up to par can be as simple as a single class, online or on-site. Read a book. Follow blogs. Attend a seminar, workshop, or tech industry function (the plus-side of these functions is that you also have an opportunity to make connections with people who can help you get a job). Just keeping yourself fresh takes very little effort, but it will make you a more desirable candidate as well as make you more confident you’re in-the-know as to what’s cutting edge in your industry.
Enlist technical recruiters.
Technical recruitment agencies, like TRC Professional Solutions, are highly specialized in recruitment strategies that help match engineers, finance and accounting professionals, and information technologists with technical employers and project-based jobs, direct-hire jobs, and permanent hire tech opportunities. They do much of the work for you and your potential employers by filling employment gaps with people just like you. They’ve already made many of the connections for you, and can be a valuable tool during your search. In fact, if you’re an engineering, IT, or finance and accounting professional and are interested in enlisting help with your job search, we’d be happy to hear from you.
Good luck with your search – and remember, the most important key to your career success and landing your job is perseverance.
The technology industry will be one of the fastest-growing fields between 2012 and 2022 and as more companies continue to digitize, the demand for tech specialists has increased exponentially. The Information Technology field will continue to generate careers and growth opportunities.
According to Staff.com, in 2012, IT Jobs had a median total compensation of $90k for staffers and $116k for managers. Cloud-Computing and Mobile Application Development are two of the fastest growing areas in IT. Not to mention, some of the other hot areas in IT right now include Software Engineers, Network Administrators, and IT Managers. The tech industry will continue to develop in 2014 with a concentration in key segments including: data, mobile application, and analytics. The presence of big data is embedded from a variety of forms, ranging from your medical forms to personalized emails; and with that being said, companies are looking to automate their data entry via strategic marketing campaigns. This will drastically reduce labor cost as these programs will minimize tedious and lengthy tasks. Mobile Development is without a doubt the fastest growing segment in IT, and as it continues to evolve, more careers are being created due to smartphones becoming our personal laptops. In reference to data analytics, more opportunities are being created than ever due to the immense amount of data present. The challenge is to establish ways to effectively approach data by determining ways to gather and re-structure massive amounts of information.
This is good news for recent college graduates or those who are looking to begin a career in the IT field, as they will have a wide range of opportunities to choose from. According to Travis Almy, Director of Recruiting at TRC Professional Solutions, “In 2014, we have experienced an 18% increase in demand for skilled IT Professionals.” What companies want to see from college grads is involvement and experience—for example, internships or participation in organizations is an added bonus.
Technology is a prevalent tool that is consistently embedded in our day-to-day lives and a manifestation of future career opportunities. Whether you are looking to begin a career in this field or striving to expand your current role, refining your skillset in technology qualifies you as a valuable asset to any company.