Four Tech Trends Are Driving Hiring: The just-released 2012 Salary Guide from Robert Half Technology reports that four trends are fueling most of current IT hiring. Continued growth of smartphones and tablets is heightening the demand for individuals with experience creating and organizing mobile media content for the small screen. Starting salaries for mobile app developers are expected to rise 9.1 percent over 2011 levels to a range of $85,000 to $122,500. Also in demand are business intelligence analysts, who will see a 6.3 percent increase in average starting salaries, to a range of $87,750 to $123,500. Meantime, starting salaries for data security analysts will increase 6 percent to a range of $89,000 to $121,500. And there’s an increasing need for software developers, especially those with SharePoint and .NET experience. Salaries there are seen increasing 6.5 percent next year to, a range of $70,000 to $111,000. Robert Half Technology
Taiwan Invades California Seeking Talent: A delegation of Taiwanese companies is organizing a day-long jobs fair Saturday in Santa Clara. Twenty-two technology, pharmaceutical, biotech, solar cell and cloud computing organizations will be recruiting. The Taiwan Trade Center, which is organizing the event, says participating companies include TSMC, UMC, AU Optronics, MediaTek, Delta Electronics, Davicom Semiconductor, Macronix International, Silicon Motion, Oplink, E Ink, Arcom, AcBel, AAEON, LuxNet, Portman Security, AB Biosciences and EverFocus. The San Jose Mercury News
Facebook’s Expanding Its Seattle Presence: The company plans to move its engineering office to a new space next year, doubling its square footage to create lots of room for added staff. Currently, 60 Facebook engineers are at work in Seattle. “This move will give us room to keep growing as we continue hiring the best engineers we can find,” the company said. Last week Mark Zuckerberg observed Silicon Valley isn’t “the only place to be,” adding that if he were starting Facebook today he would have stayed in Boston. [GeekWire]
Motorola Mobility to Cut 800 Jobs: The Googlization of Motorola continues with the announcement that Motorola Mobility Holdings will cut 800 jobs, mainly in the Chicago area, and will spend about $31 million to get it done. Motorola Mobility designs and builds consumer products, including the upcoming Droid Razr smartphone. In August, Google agreed to buy the company for $12.5 billion in a move that will bring the search giant thousands of Motorola patents. The Los Angeles Times
Lenovo Is Enjoying a Serious Growth Spurt: Chinese computer maker Lenovo saw and 88 percent improvement in its profits for Q2 2011 and broke its quarterly record for total sales with a 35.8 percent rise in PC shipments year-on-year. Lenovo is now the world’s second biggest PC maker, passing Dell but remaining behind HP, and much of its growth is due to big success in China. More than 40 percent of its sales occur in its homeland. According to the company, China has now surpassed the U.S. as the world’s biggest buyer of PCs. The Verge
China Is Already the World’s Second Largest App Market: Speaking of the People’s Republic, mobile analytics firm Flurry, says China has quickly become the world’s second largest market for mobile apps, even though Apple’s iPhone is still a relatively small player with 16 percent of the smartphone market and 3 percent of the overall mobile phone market. Android phones have also made huge headway. Today China has 952 million cell phone users, the most in the world, and has tallied an 870 percent increase in mobile app usage since January. Digits
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