DICE TV UPDATE: AMD’s layoffs don’t mean it’s stopped hiring engineers… Security specialists should see good pay increases next year… And big data centers don’t really mean big job gains. All on this week’s Update.
Hackers keep hacking, and pay keeps rising for people who know how to combat them. Robert Half International’s 2012 Salary Guide says security salaries should rise 4.5 percent next year. Chief security officers could see a bump of nearly 4 percent. Demand will be focused on mid-level and senior roles. Also data-security analysts may see average salaries rise by 6 percent, to between $89,000 and $121,500 based on experience and location. Network security administrators can expect raises of 4.9 percent. Systems security administrators–4.6 percent. information systems security managers, a bit more than 4 percent. And network security engineers, about 3.8 percent.
Big data centers don’t generate a lot of jobs. That’s what the Washington Post recently observed. Since most data center design and programming is done somewhere else, little manpower’s needed to maintain the facilities once construction jobs wind down. To laypeople, it seems crazy, but today capital investments that once would have created thousands of jobs end up creating just a handful today. This doesn’t mean local governments don’t want to attract data centers, though. North Carolina legislators supposedly debated for all of a minute before modifying the state’s corporate tax code to provide Apple $46 million in tax breaks. Apple spent $1 billion building a facility there. It created 50 IT jobs.
Last month AMD announced plans to cut its work force by 10 percent – or 1,400 people. But–it’s still hiring. The company seems to be focused on engineers focused on System-on-a-Chip design, says VR-Zone. Most of jobs look to be in Austin, Sunnyvale, Boxborough, Massachusetts and Fort Collins, Colorado. A recent interview at SiliconValley.com about AMD’s shift in strategy has gotten lots of buzz, especially when a spokesperson said “We all need to let go of the old ‘AMD versus Intel’ mind-set, because it won’t be about that anymore.” Later, he said that doesn’t mean AMD plans to ditch the x86 market. He told Extreme Tech that the company’s strategy is to accelerate growth by taking advantage of its design capabilities and deliver products that align with industry shifts toward low power, emerging markets and the cloud.