2017 IT Job Market

2017 IT Job Market Summary shows 60,400 IT Job Created

2017 IT Job Market Summary data reported by Janco Associates is a good sign for IT Professional. Even though the number of new IT jobs lagged behind the prior four years, most of the lost jobs were in the Telecommunications field. Much of that can be attributed to automation of that function.
IT Job Market growth 2017 Computer and Systems design IT professionals saw the greatest increase in jobs with 46,800 new jobs added. That was followed by other Information Services with 10,700 and 6,300 in Data Processing, hosting and related services. After adjuments by the BLS Telecommunications was flat and 60,400 net new jobs were added in for IT Professionals.

There some differences in the data between the various charts as the number in the final reflect an adjustment in the November 2017 data of 20,700 additions to the telecommunication job market.

Top 10 Press Release Best Practices

Top 10 Press Release Best Practices that authors should follow

  1. Top 10 Press Release Best PracticesPerform extensive research.  Spend the time to read and subscribe to press releases not only in the niche you work within but from some of the larger and more successful companies in the world.
  2. Don’t assume anything.  Your reader may not know what it is they are getting, and since your goal is to have your reader generate buzz to their readers or media outlet, lay out the specifics for them.
  3. Don’t belittle or talk down to anyone.  While number 2 says to be specific about what you are writing, don’t write in a condescending manner, which almost always ends in a delete from the reader.
  4. Don’t oversell your product or service.  The purpose of a press release is to put it into the hands of those who have influence and a crowd to share it with.
  5. Don’t over-write or bloat the release.  A press release is not an article, it’s meant to be informative and easily digestible; keep the fluff to a minimum and focus on the details that pertain to the service or product
  6. Create a clever subject line.  Log into your email and check the messages you have deleted but never opened.  Chances are the subject line didn’t entice you to open it.
  7. Don’t jump the gun with sending your release.  Wait until you have all the facts, specifics and proper information for the contents within, then send it.
  8. Optimize the Press Release for Internet Search Engines. Once your release is issued it will be published on the Internet by a number of the media that receive it. For this reason, the author should communicate with internal Internet specialists.
  9. Maintain an internal list of reporters and editors. Over time authors will contact or be contacted by various members of the media. On-going relationships should be fostered with these contacts.
  10. Be available and responsive right after a press release is issued. Questions will be asked by interested media contacts. They have deadlines typically need to have their questions answered quickly.

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States unemployment

States unemployment in December 2017 higher in one more state

States Unemployment – The December BLS data shows there are 4 states with high unemployment number.  The states are Alaska 7.3%, District of Columbia 6.0%, New Mexico 6.0% and West Virginia 5.5%.

States with high unemployment

The question is what is the impact of this change on the IT Job Market?  Our answer is none as we still have 23 states in “full-employment” with full employment being defined as an unemployment rate of 4% or less.

Full Employment states
the bellwether states of Utah, Colorado, Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, and Texas are all at unemployment rates of 3.9% or less

Top 10 High Demand IT Jobs

Top 10 High Demand IT Jobs

Top 10 IT Jobs in High Demand

Janco has just released it 2018 IT Salary and has identified the top 10 IT Jobs in high demand.  While the overall median salary for IT professionals now is over $90K, these in-demand jobs command more.  (FYI full job descriptions for the top 10 jobs are contained in Janco IT Job Descriptions HandiGuide)

  1. Big Data Programmer/Analyst – $135K to $196K . A big data programmer/analyst’s job is to turn these mountains of data into actionable insight.  Exponential data growth is a reality and will double every two years at least, representing massive growth from 2010 to 2020.
  2. Data Scientist – $116K to $163K. A Data Scientist interprets, analyses, and scrubs data at an advanced level.
  3. Database Specialist – $108K to $161K. A Data Specialist selects and implements database solutions.
  4. Data Security Analyst – $118K to $169K.  A Data Security Analysts are cybersecurity professionals who manage security software, instruct users on best practices and ensure the enterprise system is free of breaches.
  5. Software Programmers – $93K to $155K. Software developers create, advance and maintain web, mobile and systems applications. Skills in demand are included C++, iOS, and Android.
  6. Software Engineers (System Programmers) – $108K to $166K.  Software engineers create advanced-level applications for computer systems, web applications, and mobile devices. These IT professionals are experts in both code and computer science.
  7. Web Designers – $70K to $118K – Designers, unlike their non-tech colleagues, leverage both their creativity and coding skills to create full stack websites. These technology mavens are experts at creating more meaningful user experiences with advanced coding, leading to higher conversions and better traffic data.
  8. Wi-Fi and LAN Network Engineers – $99K to 146K. Network engineers make enterprise operations work by designing, managing and securing complex infrastructures.
  9. Network Security Administrators – $107K to $155K. Network Security Administrators use their extensive knowledge of networks to provide security to complex infrastructures. Their primary focus is combating phishing scams, ransomware, and other hacking attempts by cybercriminals.
  10. Network Security Engineer $115K – $162. Network Security Engineers are responsible for implementation, maintenance, and integration of the corporate WAN, LAN and server architecture.

IT Professional Mean Pay exceeds $90,000

Mean Compensation for all IT Pros in 2018 now is $90,116 up by 3.5% from 2017

IT Professional Mean Pay now is well over $90,000 in both large enterprises and Mid-Sized ones.  IT executives in large enterprised now command a mean salary of $159,748 – which is up 2.53% from last year and rising.

IT professionals are now among the highest paid staff level individuals in many organizations.

IT Professional Mean Pay

IT Professional Mean Pay
IT Professional Mean Pay

Salaries for qualified IT Pros will continue to increase as there currently is a short supply of individuals who have the skill sets necessary to work with several new and advancing technologies.

The positions in the greatest demand are for Executive and Middle Management positions with experience and working knowledge of Iop, Blockchain, and migration of applications to SmartPhones and Tablets in both the iOS and Android worlds.

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Janco released its full suite of IT Recruiting, Hiring, and Job Description suites of offerings to help HR departments and IT management teams to help them have the tools at hand as the IT job market continues to expand.

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IT Job Descriptions

IT Job Descriptions Updated

IT Job Descriptions Updated

IT Job Descriptions
The 2018 version of the Internet and IT Job Description HandiGuide now contains 288 full job descriptions

The Internet and IT Position Description Handiguide 2018 edition has just been released.  It now has 288 full job descriptions,  They have all been reviewed and updated to include social media and blockchain development and operational considerations.

Each of the job descriptions has been reviewed and updated to meet the latest security and mandated compliance requirements.  Added to this edition is a section on sexual harassment.  In addition, the electronic version of the termination checklist has been updated  to reflect all of the mandated and security requirements that have recently come about,

The  job descriptions that have been added this year include:

    • Blockchain Developer
    • BYOD Support Supervisor
    • Information Assurance Analyst
    • IT Security Engineer
    • Manager Data Center
    • Manager Device Technology
    • Security Architect

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Highest Unemployment States

Highest Unemployment States are in unrelated job markets

Highest Unemployment States are Alaska, District of Columbia, and New Mexico.  Two of the job markets that have unemployment rates higher today than a year ago are Alaska (6.6% – 2016 and 7.2% – 2017) and the District of Columbia (5.8% – 2016 and 6.6% – 2017).

Highest Unemployment States - Graphic

The interesting fact about these three states is that they have seen little of the positive effects of the improvement in the national job market with its low unemployment numbers.

National Unemployment Rate - Graphic
The U.S. national unemployment rate is at the lowest levels that it has been at in over seven (7) years.

The current unemployment rate for the U.S. is just about the full employment rate (4.1% versus 4.0%).  At that level companies typically begin to increase salaries to help acquire and maintain the necessary staffing levels to meet operational objectives.

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Blockchain Developer Job Description

Blockchain Developer Job Description added to Janco’s HandiGuide

Blockchain Job DescriptionBlockchain Developer Job Description has been added to Janco’s HandiGuide and will appear in the 2018 Edition.  Until that time anyone who orders the Job Description HandiGuide will get the MS WORD version as a separate file.

The Blockchain Developer is currently one of the hottest jobs out there.  Individuals with that skill set can easily command $125K to $150K as a starting salary.  The developer is responsible for

  • Developing innovative solutions to challenging problems, including command and control and high integrity solutions.
  • Performing complex analysis, design, development, testing, and debugging of computer software for distinct product hardware or technical service lines of businesses.
  • Performng software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection.
  • Having the ability to operate on multiple systems and apply knowledge of one or more platforms and programming languages.

The Blockchain Developer is challenged with legacy infrastructure that will be the main obstacle to successful implementations. This is coupled with the challenges of technical understanding – the practicality of implementing decentralized cryptosystems that fall outside of the traditional IT development skill-set.

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Women CIOs

Women CIOs – 28% of CIOs in public companies are women

Women CIOs – Women in management are making it as CIOs in large publicly traded companies.  In reviewing Janco’s historical data we have found that in 2013 only 19% of the CIOs in our sample were women.  That has grown to 28% with our more recent data.

Women CIOs
More women are CIOs in large publicly traded enterprises than in smaller one

In an earlier article post our the Janco web site (Women in Management – Women are making inroads in the CIO position and other C-Level jobs), Janco found that the areas where women are getting to the executive management positions are:

  • Human Resources -Chief Human Resources Officers
  • Marketing – Chief Marketing Officers
  • Information Technology – CIO

Within those organization the number of women supervisors is  currently in the 30 to 40% range.

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Digital Brand Manager Why?

Digital Brand Manager why have the position

Digital Brand Manager Why
The Digital Brand Manager helps a company drive growth in its brands and product lines

Digital Brand Manager why have the position is a question that if you have to ask means that you do not understand the new market place.  Social media and networks drive traffic to social networking sites and websites where reputations and products are focused on.

The Digital Brand Manager is the primary focus point for the Internet and social network presence of a brand. The individual is responsible for digital consumer experiences across the entire enterprise and its operations. They help a company drive growth in its brands and product lines by converting traditional physical brand management process to social media ones, and oversee the rapidly changing digital sectors like mobile applications, social media and Internet based marketing.

The reasons why an organization should have a Digital Band Manager:

  • They are responsible for executing and evolving the enterprise’s Social Media Strategy
  • Understanding a brands performance & emerging company/consumer needs.
  • Defining channel roles
  • Establishing content strategy
  • Managing the social persona development of the brand’s social network

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596,300 IT jobs to be created

596,300 IT jobs to be created between 2016 and 2026

596,300 IT jobs to be created in the next 10 years according to BLS Forecasts.  The BLS projects the median salary for all IT jobs will be $82,830 excluding inflation.  For most jobs a Bachelor’s degree will be required, those would include:

  • Software Developers, system software (46,100 jobs median salary $105,860)
  • Software Developers, applications (253,400 jobs median salary $100,080)
  • Computer Systems Analysts (53,000 jobs median salary $87,220)
  • Operations Research Analysts (31,300 jobs median salary $79,200)

For those IT Pros that do not have a degree but some college, they will opportunities as Computer User Support Specialists (71,100 jobs median salary $49,390). These will be the lowest paying jobs in the IT job market.

When we take that project and compare it with what Janco says are the median salaries for staff positions we there there is significant room for growth in compensation levels.

IT jobs median salary
These are the latest summary results of Janco’s salary survey which is is updated twice a year; once in January and then again in July.

The growth in salaries will be greatest amount those who “create” code and applications. User support will end up being minimum wage jobs.  Added to that as new applications are created they will have more built in help, self correction and tutorials negating the need for “specialist” who know the the applications and devices at a very low level of detail.

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Over 50% Job References Not Checked

Job references not checked by employers

Job references used to be the gold standard that almost all enterprises used to verify candidates backgrounds and character.  That is no longer the case according to Janco Associates.

In the process of updated and re-issuing its Interview and Hiring Guide, they found that only 46% checked even one reference.  Surprisingly they discovered that 30% depended on statements made by candidates during the actual interview process.  In addition, 26% whet to social media pages like Linkedin and Facebook reviewed what was posted there and assumed it was factual and correct.

Job references
Hiring managers no longer depend as much on job references when evaluating whether to hire a candidate.

The move away from personal references has been driven by the inability of individuals to provide “accurate” information on candidates.  For example, if a negative reference is given by an enterprise’s employee or agent, the enterprise could bee subject to litigation. Plus, many severance agreements stipulate that companies provide “positive references” for terminated employees.

Interview and Hiring Guide

Version 2.0 of the Interview and Hiring Guide contains specific questions that interviews can ask about prior employment, the position the candidate is interviewing for, education and training, remote workers, decision-making and creativity, management and leadership, non-work activities and interests, and questions that should be avoided. In addition, it provides a list of best practices for screening resumes, phone screening, the top 10 interview best practices, and hiring best practices.

The Interview and Hiring Kit can be purchased separately $89 or with one of the four versions of the IT Hiring Kit, ranging in price from $579 to $2,399 with 12 months of update service or $799 to $2,799 with 24 months of update service.

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Top 10 Interview Best Practices

Top 10 Interview Best Practices to get the candidate to say yes

Top 10 Interview Best Practices to improve an enterprise’s chances that a candidate will say yes to your job offer.

  1. Make the right impression from the first point of contact to the job offer.
  2. Have complete and accurate job description available during the interview.
  3. Let the candidate review the job description before the interview.
  4. Communicate to the candidate what the interview will entail.
  5. Be prompt and do not make the candidate wait.
  6. Allow no interruptions and focus on the candidate.
  7. Prepare for the interview and have a set of questions ready to be asked.
  8. Have materials to be provided to the candidate available –  put a post-it note on the materials with the candidate’s name on the materials.
  9. Be enthusiastic and positive not only about the job that is being filled but also about the company.
  10. Define next steps at the end of the interview.
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China Hidden Competitive Advantage

China Hidden Competitive Advantage – China Owns Key Technology Media  Firms

China Hidden Competitive Advantage
China may control reporting on Best Practices for IT Infrastructure

China Hidden Competitive Advantage – Should the US be concerned that key technology firms and publications are now owned by China?  In March of 2017, China Oceanwide completed its acquisition of IDG.  China Oceanwide is an international conglomerate founded by Chairman Zhiqiang Lu. Headquartered in Beijing, China and include operations in financial services, real estate, media, technology and strategic investment. Following the acquisition, China Oceanwide has nearly 20,000 employees worldwide.

Within two months of the acquisition, there were extensive layoffs in the IDG’s US staffs of both writers and editors.  It has been estimated that between 90 t0 100 seasoned professionals were laid off.

IDG was founded in 1964 and the publications that were included in this acquisition were CIO, Computerworld, PCWorld, and Macworld.  IDG also has its own international news agency, IDG News Service. It is headquartered in Boston and has bureaus in cities such as New York, Beijing, Amsterdam, and Brussels. It provides news, images, video and other editorial content to IDG’s web sites and print publications worldwide.

The insight that IDG has in the technology market is very high. With this level of access to the technology market, should US based corporations be concerned? Will China based enterprises get a competitive advantage over US based enterprises?

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Job market improves

Job market improves – 25 states now at full employment levels

Job market improves to the point that there are currently 25 states, (including the District of Columbia), that have unemloyment rates of 4% or less.  At those levels most HR professionals consider those areas as being at full employment levels.

Job market improves
Job market improves – Comparison of unemployment rates for states currently at full employment levels (4% or lower unemployment)

The striking factor in our analysis of the data is the dramatic improvement in the unemployment levels if the 25 states that are at full emploment.  It is almost as if a light swith has been flipped.

Almost one half of the states have unemployent levels that are 2 to 3 percent range.

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