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Workforce Trends: High-Tech

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Attracting and retaining qualified workers remains a challenge in the high tech sector in the United States. To meet current demand, high tech companies have in recent years been hiring talent from overseas. However, this strategy has some drawbacks: attracting top talent from abroad is a costly and complex procedure, and it doesn’t guarantee a continuous pipeline of qualified workers.That’s why t ... Read More
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When it comes to attracting top talent in the high tech industry, knowing what to offer is key. Obviously, salary, benefits, and other financial incentives are an important part of making a position attractive. So are training programs, interesting work, and opportunities for advancement. Yet one of the most interesting aspects of attracting top talent is company reputation.Consider this: accordin ... Read More
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Much has been written in recent years about the lack of women in the high tech industry. Many of these articles and reports focused primarily on highlighting the need to stimulate more young women to pursue education in the high tech field in order to ensure a more inclusive talent pipeline. Interestingly, in February 2014, Wired reported increasing numbers of female students enrolling in introduc ... Read More
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A company’s culture is the specific set of beliefs, norms, values, behaviors, and language that is shared by the individuals in that organization. A good cultural fit is achieved when a worker’s own beliefs, values, and behaviors correspond with that of the organization that employs him or her. Employers strive for a good cultural fit because, as Business Week explains, it’s generally believed to ... Read More
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For decades, offshoring provided a solution for companies looking to lower the costs of production or services by relocating or outsourcing parts of their operations to less expensive countries such as China, India, and the Philippines. Lower real estate prices, lower labor costs, and favorable taxation were all factors that contributed to many companies offshoring their manufacturing, IT, and cal ... Read More
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There are more and more cases in which top high tech talent whose companies have developed beyond the “start up” phase are jumping ship. Some are leaving well-established companies to join new startups; others are leaving to enter emerging industries like the alternative energy field; and yet others are joining the latest cross-over between the fashion and tech worlds and are subsequently entering ... Read More
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After years of offshoring manufacturing, Apple, Ford, General Motors, Microsoft and General Electric have all recently moved parts of their production back to the United States. And they’re just a few of the companies choosing reshoring or nearshoring—i.e. bringing manufacturing and other processes back to the country of origin or a nearby country. U.S. companies are choosing to bring operations b ... Read More
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In 2013, San Francisco’s Chamber of Commerce reported that the city was home to more than 1,800 tech firms that employed over 42,000 workers, accounting for an astounding 7.5 percent of the total jobs in the city. More recently, JLL’s 2014 High Technology Office Outlook reported that with an annual job growth of over 18 percent, San Francisco dominates all other U.S. markets in high tech industry ... Read More
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The United States has traditionally been the center of high tech innovation, with California being the hub that’s most famous for attracting the best and the brightest from around the globe. San Diego, Santa Cruz, San Francisco-Oakland, and San José-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara are among the most innovative cities in the United States, and Silicon Valley still remains a major destination for many of the ... Read More
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It’s an unfortunate fact that when relying solely on general labor statistics, employers searching for high tech talent can be misinformed as to the status quo of the job market. Consider the following example: in the U.S. state of Michigan, the statewide unemployment rate is 7.5 percent, yet the state’s Small Business Association reports the technical unemployment rate is more likely to be three ... Read More
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In today’s workplace, career management is becoming increasingly more important. The reason is simple: where companies used to have clear, vertical career paths that allowed for upward mobility through the ranks, structures are becoming less traditional. Nowadays, viable career choices can include anything from working on a variety of high-profile projects to making multiple lateral moves to other ... Read More
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When it comes to new hires, the first impression often lasts longest. And though it’s to be expected that an enthusiastic new employee will put his or her best foot forward on the first day in a new job, the question is: do companies do the same thing?It’s interesting to note that according to Kelly Services® research, more than 40 percent of high tech talent didn’t experience an onboarding progra ... Read More
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It’s a proven fact: happy employees are more productive than unhappy ones. They’re 12 percent more productive, to be precise, according to the findings of a joint research project by the University of Warwick in the U.K. and IZA Bonn in Germany published in the report Happiness and Productivity in February 2014.Moreover, according to Kelly Services® survey results published in the ebook What Talen ... Read More
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Even as global employment opportunities in the high tech field are set to grow significantly over the next eight years, the industry is suffering from a lack of workers, especially in the Americas and Europe. To address this problem, both public and private sectors have established projects aimed to attract new talent to the industry.United StatesIn the United States, where the lack of domestic ST ... Read More
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When the needs of employees align with those of their employers, a unique opportunity arises to create a work environment where both workers and operations thrive.Currently, one such opportunity is created by the fact that high tech talent wants to learn. Statistics from the 2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index™ show that 60 percent of high tech talent state their immediate career goal is to acquire ... Read More
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The IT field is expanding rapidly. In the US, the projected growth for computer-related professions over the next eight years is an astounding 18 percent. In the European Union, IT developers, programmers, engineers, and analysts are the most in-demand professionals in 14 countries—yet according to Digital Agenda for Europe, the region suffers from a massive skills shortage in regards to technolog ... Read More
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Despite the fact that employment opportunities in the high tech industry are growing, there’s still concern among employers worldwide about skills gaps and skills mismatches. Even though the number of STEM graduates is rising, especially in emerging countries, the quality isn’t necessarily high enough to meet companies’ demands. At the same time, in many countries, skills mismatches are a concern. ... Read More
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Online talent communities aren’t a new phenomenon, but they’re becoming increasingly more important as resources for employers to connect with current employees and future candidates. And when employers create their own online talent communities instead of utilizing an existing profession-oriented or recruitment site, it provides an even better portal to engage and interact with talent. It also gi ... Read More
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Imagine this: you have a truly talented employee whom you trust with some of your most important assignments. This person knows how to manage a project from beginning to end, ensure quality and meet all objectives.But you’ve never met her. In fact, she’s located 2,000 miles from you in a different time zone. Nevertheless, she’s a valuable member of your team—thanks to high speed Internet and cloud ... Read More
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Answer honestly: was your first job out of college a perfect match?Chances are you said no, or not entirely. And that’s not surprising, since we typically use entry-level positions to advance into more challenging positions.Now look at it from your first supervisor’s perspective. Do you think she considered you a perfect match? Chances are, even if her overall response were positive, it would indi ... Read More
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Knowledge is powerSir Francis Bacon knew it all the way back in 1597, when he wrote the phrase “ipsa scientia potestas est” meaning “knowledge itself is power” in his work Meditationes Sacrae. Now, over four centuries later, knowledge is not only power. It’s also valuable, especially when it’s in the form of intellectual property (IP) that can yield millions of dollars in revenue for the companies ... Read More
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The high tech industry attracts some of the best, brightest and often youngest minds in the world. And though these professionals are often the ones in the public eye, the industry, of course, needs workers of all ages and levels.However, as the demand for high tech talent continues to grow in established and emerging countries alike, finding the right talent in the right locations is proving prob ... Read More
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Keeping data secure is a top priority for both public and private sectors. Network, systems, and storage security are crucial to ensuring continuous operations and the protection of proprietary business and personal information.However, the Cisco® 2014 Annual Security Report accentuates that the struggle to counter ever-more sophisticated cyber threats is leaving organizations vulnerable. It also ... Read More
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When it comes to the topic of employment, Millennials are often in the spotlight. In general, compared to generations before them, they place more value on a good work-life balance, meaningful work and socially responsible employers.Similarly, Baby Boomers are getting a lot of attention, too. Due to financial losses during the recession, longer life expectancies and the desire to remain profession ... Read More
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Treadmill desks at Google. Hammocks at LivePerson. Intergalactic auditoriums and treehouse meeting spaces at Epic Systems.Whimsical? Perhaps. Effective? Certainly, according to the high-tech companies who’ve applied these elements in their offices while consciously moving away from cubicle-based workspaces.The reason for all of this playfulness is simple: most high-tech workers engage in focused, ... Read More
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Data leakage and talent management. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be much of a connection between the two.But look again, and you’ll begin to realize there’s more to the pairing than meets the eye.For companies that develop intellectual property as a part of their operations, data leakage is a real threat, and one they attempt to control by means of advanced security measures. But thwarte ... Read More
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High-tech is the unchallenged leader of the 21st century employment landscape. While many industries stumbled and struggled during the recent economic downturn, high-tech has continued on strong, fueled by ongoing developments in fields like communications equipment, robotics and computer systems design.With the availability of powerful equipment combined with high-speed, high-volume connections, ... Read More

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