Temp Hiring on the Rise: TEKsystems, a leading tech staffing and services company, found in its most recent quarterly IT Executive Outlook survey that 40 percent of IT leaders expect to add temp IT headcount in the next three months. That’s up from 36 percent last quarter. Additionally, 38 percent say they will increase permanent IT headcount in Q3. What positions are recruiters trying to fill most? Enterprise Architects, Cloud Architects, Security Specialists, and BI Specialists. Business Wire
Which Fortune 500 Companies Are Hiring? A recent CNNmoney article looked across America’s biggest corporations to see which ones have the most vacant positions. The answer: Wal-Mart Stores, Amazon.com, AT&T, Bank of America, Intel, Microsoft and Dell. Note the preponderance of tech companies in that list. Seeking Alpha
Minorities Are Underrepresented in Tech: The number of African Americans, Hispanics and women working in Silicon Valley decreased between 2000 and 2008, according to The San Jose Mercury News. Why? The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is trying to figure it out. Nationally, African Americans represent only seven percent of computer and mathematics workers and Hispanics represent about five percent. It’s even worse in Silicon Valley. The high-tech workforce shockingly homogenous considering that Blacks and Hispanics make up almost 30 percent of the U.S. population. Another finding: these same minority tech workers are often underpaid compared to their white counterparts. The Huffington Post
New CIO for the USA: Steven VanRoekel, a 41-year-old Microsoft veteran, will become the next chief information officer for the federal government. VanRoekel has actually been in the Obama administration since 2009 working as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission. He succeeds Vivek Kundra, who is moving on to Harvard. The New York Times
Healthcare Leads IT Hiring: Federal money is pouring in and new regulatory guidelines are calling for more technology solutions, so the healthcare industry is leading the market in IT jobs creation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It says that IT jobs in healthcare are expected to grow by 20 percent annually through 2018. The current count: 176,090 healthcare IT workers. Since November 2009, healthcare IT positions have increased 67 percent, according to SimplyHired.com. Computerworld
BlackBerry Tries to Fight Back: Apple and Google are trampling Research In Motion these days, but the BlackBerry maker plans to fight back with a bunch of new BlackBerry devices, five new models in fact, that should be available worldwide within weeks. However, analysts seem to be skeptical that the new models will have the kind of buzz needed to divert attention from industry-leading Android-based phones and iPhone, which is due for an upgrade next month. RIM once dominated the smartphone sector but hasn’t released a new model in a year and now holds third place in the North American market. The Wall Street Journal
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