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Employment Still Strong — But

Employment Still Strong — But it may be slowing

Employment Still Strong — But not as strong as earlier.  In the past month one state dropped out of full employment status – Ohio.  Full employment as defined by Janco Associates is 4.0% or less.

Employment Still Strong -- But

There are 35 full employment states in May 2019. That is one less with Ohio’s unemployment rate going to 4.1%

In addition to this, there still are only two states with high unemployment defines as 5.5% percent or higher.

States with high unemployment rates May 2019

As a not of caution, there are 3 states that are edging close to the high unemployment rates. Mississipi – 5.0%, New Mexico – 5.0%, and Arizona – 4.9%

Except for the Distrist of Columbia, none of these regions have high concentrations of IT employment.  As such they do not materially impact the IT job market.

Employment Still Strong — But some concerns

Hiring demand remains high for IT professionals with the United States.

Hiring Demand for IT Professionals

Based on data gathered by Janco Associates, hiring demand for IT Middle Management and IT Staff positions remain high. In addition demand for contractors an consultants is high as well.

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Right time to hire IT Pros

Right time to hire IT Pros – Almost 100K new jobs to be created this year

Right time to hire IT Pros

Before the labor market gets tighter now is the right time to hire IT Pros

The right time to hire IT Pros is now before the labor maket gets tighter. In the first five (5) months of 2019, 34,600 new IT jobs were created.  Almost 70,000 more new  jobs will be added in the remaing months of this yera. This is the perfect time for development projects. Labor rates have never been lower.  From building —

  • Mobile Apps
  • Artificial Intelligent Bots – B2C – Improve Customer Experience
  • Artificial Intelligent Bots – B2B – Improve Human Resource Experience
  • Integrations, Customizations and more.

CEO and CIO say focus is on the customer experience – right time to hire IT Pros

Chief Experience Officer Job Description

CXO drives customer experience. Right staff is critical

A great customer experience is all about catering to the customers’ expectations. Customers can be consumers or staff. Customers want choices, and instant results. Customer experience or CX cloud applications provide customers with seamless, personalized and immediate experiences.  With recent trends showing that social media greatly influences customers into making decisions, CX cloud allows an enterprise to engage with customer at every level throughout their life-cycle.

This has created a demand for the CXO – Chief Experience Officer. The CXO needs to drive the hiring effort.

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Updated IT job Descriptions

Updated IT job descriptions

Updated IT job descriptions are important for an entire range of reason.  The foremost is that  updated IT job descriptions clearly define what roles and responsibilities the individual filling that role has.  In addition it clearly defines metrics for the position which can be translated into Key Performance Indicators – KPI.

Promotions depend on Updated IT Job descriptions

Updated IT Job Descriptions

Janco updated the IT Job Descriptions continually. At least once every 12 months each job description is reviewed, edited, and updated to meet the latest requirements for the position.

The labor market for qualified professionals is tight.  With that as an factor in staffing, promotions become more important.  It is easier to higher an entry level individual than first tier performer for the two levels up.  With that in mind, position descriptions should include career path and promotion opportunities.

 

Training and education are ways in which CIOs and IT Managers can improve the quality of their staffs.  Janco has created a number of tools which are being used today by  over 300 of the Fortune 500 organizations.

The main offering Janco has is its full IT Job Descriptions.  It comes as individual MS Word files, epub book, or the complete HandiGuide

IT Job Descriptions HandiGuide includes sample organization charts, a job progression matrix, and 300 Internet and IT job descriptions. The book addresses all mandated requirements, including the ADA, and is in an easy to use format. This can be purchased as a complete set or bundles of job descriptions

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Full Employment States

Full Employment States – More than at any time in the past 20 years

Full Employment States are defined as states that have unemployment rates at 4.0% or less.  With the latest unemployment numbers reported, there now are 36 states that have reached that milestone.

Full Employment States

When looking at the states on a year to yar comparison, it is very clear how the overall job market has improved.

When looking at the full employment states, only six have unemployment rates that are higher this year than last year.  However, in each of these case both this and last year are both at full unemployment levels.

Full Employment States – IT Job Market continues to expand

With the state of the economy as it is, the IT Job Market continues to tighten.  We forecast that over 107,000 new jobs for IT professionals will be ceated in this calandar year.  That will make it two years in a row where the number of new IT jobs created is over 100,000.

Pressure is added to over salaries as it gets harder to find qualified IT professionals to fill roles in he new electoric market place. Blockchain and the move towards get data, including big data, closer to the consumer of the it.  New roles are define like the Chief Experience Officer (CXO) whi is the driver the enterprise’s growth in the user experience arena. They oversee operations in all user experience sectors like marketing, image setting, mobile applications, social media, related technologies, and virtual goods, as well as web-based management and marketing.

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Top 10 Interview Questions

Top 10 Interview Questions

Top 10 Interview QuestionsTop 10 Interview Questions – As recruting for strong IT professionals, what are the questions that need to be asked.  In Janco’s Interview and Hiring Guide there a many tips and best practices that should be followed.  Incuded are a number of top 10 lists of things to do.  The Top 10 Interview Questions are:

  1. What is your greatest strength?
  2. What is your greatest weakness?
  3. How do you handle stress and pressure?
  4. Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
  5. How do you evaluate success?
  6. Why are you leaving or have left your job?
  7. Why do you want this job?
  8. Why should we hire you?
  9. What are your goals for the future?
  10. What makes you the best fit for our organization?

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Each of these questions opens up the interview process and provides the interviewer an insight in to the candidate they are intervewing.

ncluded in the Guide are specific questions to ask in several areas including:

  • Prior employment
  • Position the candidate is interviewing for
  • Education and training
  • If this is a remote worker
  • Decision-making and creativity
  • Management and leadership
  • Non-work activities and interests
  • Questions that should be avoided

To make the recruiting and interviewing process meet the criteria set by world-class organizations, included are:

  • Questions the interviewer should be prepared to answer
  • Screening resumes best practices
  • Phone screening best practices
  • Interview top 10 best practices
  • Hiring best practices

Also included are electronic forms for:

  • Interview Questionnaire
  • Background Check Authorization

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IT Job Market 2019

IT Job Market 2019

IT Job Market 2019 –  in the first 4 months of the year the number of new IT jobs created exceeds 40K.  That rate of growth is at a level that is beyond the number of individuals graduating from universities and trade schools.

IT Job Marker 2019

IT Job Marker 2019 – April shows that 95,500 IT jobs heav been added in past 12 months. That is inspite of the loss of 29,600 job in Telecommunications

IT job market 2019 growth is at a pace that will be beyond anything that we have witnesses since the late 1960s.

A steady progression in the number of new IT job created has been consistent for the last two years.  We do not see that changing for any time soon.

The areas where there has been the greatest inscrease in demand has been for those applictions that depend on remote users.  For example, iOS and Andraoid applications which access big data are where there is a grea shortage of skilled IT Professionals.  Add to that, the implications of cryptocurrency applications including blockchain and distributed ledger technology and you will find the disciplines that are the focus of new job creation.

In the course of analyzing data for our Mid Year IT Salary Survey, we found some interesting data on the Data Scientist position.  First the individual who fill that role are on either coast . Few , if any, Data Scientist roles are in makets other than the technology centers.  However, the median salaries for those postions is quite high.

IT Job Market 2019

Data Scientist median salary is around $210K. However the highest medias are San Francisco Bay area and Boston. Both of which is where there significant new product development.

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Robotics

Robotics Specialists in High Demand

Robotics and IoT specialists are in high demand and salaries are moving higher.  Blockchain and DLP are also driving  demand.

Robotics, Blockchain, and DLP processing are driving salaries

Robotics, Blockchain, and DLP processing are driving salaries

Any company that warehouses and/or ships componentsm manufactue dongles, perform testing, or fabricate materials has an opportunity to implement robotics. There are robots which can execute those tasks. In fact, it’s possible all of those operations could be served by the same robot.

The trend in industrial automation is task specific and can be customized and configured for an infinite number of deployment types. Companies which makes autonomous mobile robots for materials handling and picking & placing, can move materials in a warehouse just as easily as they can stock inventory in a logistics operation. When designing a lightweight pneumatic collaborative robot, manufactures have intentionally modeled it after a human arm, a nod to the range of tasks it was designed to perform.

The widest integration of collaborative robots has happened in industries like components handling.  SMBs of all stripes are finding innovative ways to automate with collaborative robots.

The IoT – Robotics Specialist is tasked with being the primary focal point within the enterprise for the design, development, and implementation of service management process which conform with the Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) within these technologies.

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Low Unemployment

Low Unemployment in 35 States

Low Unemployment is defined as being at 4% or less.  There now are 35 states that have low unemployment.

Low Unemployment

There now are 35 states that have low unemployment. All but 6 of those states have unemployment rates lower this month than the same month last year.

When all factors are considered this is one of the best general  job markets in a number of years.  That is especially true for the IT job market that continues to expand as enterprises are investing heavily in technology.

There is still a forecast that says over 100,000 net new jobs will be created for IT professionals in 2019.

Blockchain job are hot

In a review of compensation for 12 comparable Blockchain related positions at a number of enterprises, Janco found that 10 of the positions surveyed had median salaries over $100K. The two positions that did not reach that threshold, were ones that have been around a while and are just now seeing the impact of blockchain. A Manager of Blockchain Architecture commands a median salary of $142,000, a Project Manager Blockchain is at $120,000, a Blockchain Analyst has a median salary of $123,500, and a Blockchain Developer commands $127,000. All at the upper end of salaries for IT Professionals.

Hot Jobs

Positions related to Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Processing technology are all hot. Salaries are rising and demand fo seasoned professionals is hig.

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NOTE: To see more information on salaries go to IT Salary Survey.

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What is Blockchain and why is it such a hot topic?

What is Blockchain?

What is Blockchain

Blockchain job description critical to making the right staffing decisions

Why and what is blockchain? Blockchain technology is the application of Internet transasction process and data base technology in a way to store and to verify integrity. It is, primarily, a technology that uses cryptocurrency. With that, it enhances the trustworthiness of the transactions. Transactions become unchangeable once they are entered in the blockchain database. This is valid for all the data that the users use and share.

Typically, the blockchain application works with the most popular cryptocurrency, known as Bitcoin. It is a virtual currency that application uses to keep track of all the transactions that take place on the blockchain network. The applications of a reliable database like this can be many, and they are not limited or restricted to finance only. Information Technology architects are actively engaged in working with the Blockchain Technology.  In addition, these professionals are optimistic about finding new products or applications with blockchain. For example, after the successful implementation of a blockchain system, in all likelihood the application can be extended to suppliers and customers alike.

Blockchain challenges

The Blockchain developer is responsible for developing innovative solutions to challenging problems, including command and control and high integrity solutions. Perform complex analysis, design, development, testing, and debugging of computer software for distinct product hardware or technical service lines of businesses. Perform software design, operating architecture integration, and computer system selection. 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 Career Opportunities

Women career opportunities in high growth positions

IT Hiring Kit address Women Career OpportunitiesWomen Career Opportunities are on the rise with both an improved economy and the increased role women play in many organizations. In addition, 3 of the 10 top growth career areas are in IT.

In the IT recruiting process, there now are more women that are in the mix. That includes jobs from CIO to blockchain developer.  Recruiters need to be cognicant of the implications of that. To that end, the IT Hiring Kit address the issues associated with recruiting and retaing qualified female IT Professionals.

Women career opportunities

Based on data provided by the BLS and with Janco’s analysis, it is exceedingly clear that IT will play a major role in the advancement of many women.

Sexism is dead in IT – we think

Of the top 10 growth careers for women 3 are in IT.  Many women career opportunities are in these three career areas are:

  1. Software developers, application, and software systems is projected to grow by 12% by 2026 and currently has a median salary of $89,804.
  2. Computer and Information Systems Managers is forecasted to grow by 24% and currently has a median salary of $85,593.
  3. Management Analysts should grow by 14% and current occupants of that position are paid a media salary of $74.734.

All of this point to a bright future for women in the technology.

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