DiceTV Update: Help Wanted, a Better 2011, and Apple’s Outgrowing Its Space

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The Script

Some say the job market’s lousy, but some of tech’s biggest names say they need skilled talent. Michael Dell, for one, says he can’t find enough workers. Simply put, he says, “We need more of these, and more of these people.” Another case in point, Siemens, which has 1,600 job openings in the U.S. and is having trouble filling them.

That’s the here and now, and I can hear some people saying, “yeah, right.” Well, here’s something else. The research firm Computer Economics says 48 percent of IT managers – at companies with more than 50 million in revenue – plan to add to staff next year. Eleven percent plan to reduce staff. It’s still not great, but next year looks like it will be something of an improvement.

Apple’s adding staff so quickly, it’s outgrown its space in the 57 buildings it occupied in Cupertino. So: It’s acquired a 98-acre campus being vacated by Hewlett-Packard, effectively doubling its presence there. Why? The company needs more people to design its next wave of products, and to enhance the existing ones. In the past year, Apple’s  performed major upgrades to nearly everything it makes, and launched the iPad. Apple added more than 12,000 employees over the fiscal year ended in September. That’s a jump of 36 percent.

DiceTV Update: Help Wanted, a Better 2011, and Apple's Outgrowing Its Space

6 Responses to “DiceTV Update: Help Wanted, a Better 2011, and Apple’s Outgrowing Its Space”

  1. Cliff in NY

    Re: “Michael Dell, for one, says he can’t find enough workers…”

    Can’t find or doesn’t want to pay up? That’s the real question. Big companies are still being cheap with regard to compensation. They think we’re still in a recession and we should accept the breadcrumbs being offered. Well, he’s wrong on so many counts. When Dell and other cheapskates in the Fortune 500 wake up and start to show us the money, the talented and employed professionals will start to accept his offers. Until then he has only himself to blame for not being able to hire anyone. Of course, we all know that Dell’s whining is just an act to get the H1-B quotas raised. He doesn’t want to pay market salaries, so he cries to the politicians like a little girl. I’m glad his company is going under and his brand is in the toilet. You get what you pay for Michael – keep hiring cheap labor and Chapter 11 won’t be too far down the road for a once great company.

  2. Whether employers are paying enough or not, the end result is that they perceive the local (domestic) market to be insufficiently deep. If that doesn’t change before the end of this recession, when the volume of hiring really picks up, then don’t be surprised to see the hiring happening overseas (along with the jobs recovery).
    Personally, I think the local talent is still better qualified than most of the low-cost overseas alternatives. But, having recently been in the marketplace to hire, I can definitely say that the competitive gap is narrowing.

  3. I believe some of what Cliff says is true, however, he kind of starts to whine like a welfare child: “show us the money…” Come on! What I’m finding is that lots of companies want a very specific skill, and then, yes, I am finding that they don’t want to pay for it either, but I’m not crying about it.

  4. Lol they can’t find talented staff because of the government requirements to hire contractors on federal contracts. It’s been 4 months and counting since I signed an employment contract with a large unnamed company. The only thing that is preventing me from working is the requirement for a full-scope polygraph. I already have the security clearance.

    If you know anything about polygraphs…they don’t work except for what the interrogator can fool you into believing he knows and then get an admission out of you. http://www.antipolygraph.org

  5. Fred Bosick

    The first post pretty much says it all! The only thing I can add is that anyone hiring just can’t look for the rockstars. There aren’t enough to go around and you can’t keep one if the work is boring or not what they like. You need people of all levels, to do the less demanding and boring work and to allow the hidden gems to filter up the ranks and *be* the rockstar.

    Employers are demanding hit the ground types with eclectic skillsuites, a sort of plug and play. The problem is that you only get a one purpose device with increasingly obsolete “drivers”.

    Hire low and train high. Give us good pay and interesting work. Promote us! Put in a computer guy as CIO, rather than an ignorant business type. Maybe you won’t get so much turn over and get a good IRR on your training costs. Whoda thunk it?