|The first of the year brings us articles evaluating the 2005 employment market for IT professionals. Most seem to reflect the cautious optimism we see on most surveys whether pertaining to hiring, the stock market or consumer spending.|
Certification Magazine has an article on the hiring outlook for 2005 from Katherine Spencer of Robert Half, a leading provider of IT professionals to the market. Katherine's take is that while hiring expectations are overall positive, companies continue to be cautious in adding full time permanent staff. Marketable candidates continue to be able to evaluate multiple offers - there is some great infomraiton about how you can round out your experience.
On the same theme, an article at Datamation headlines "IT Workers on the Brink Of Recovery." Job boards have more posts, IT spending is starting to pick up, and salaries are no longer decreasing which is making workers feel slightly more secure. There is a lot of good information on the Hudson Index, which measures worker confidence.
And lastly, a study from Foote Partners of 45,000 IT workers and 1,860 North American and European employers shows that there is actually a spike in tech skills pay for talent in certain niche IT skills areas. Which areas? Networking and programming languages are cited and they give specific mention to WebSphere, Linux, and Java. (Fee required for detailed reports - summary article found here.)
How's Your Job in 2005?
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