Congress Eyes IT Overtime, Predictions for 2012


DICETV UPDATE: Congress is thinking about cutting overtime for more of us… CompTIA’s predictions for 2012… And more evidence that techs have to be… more than techs. All on this week’s Update.

Congress is considering a bill that would eliminate overtime for more IT workers. The legislation seeks to expand the class of workers exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act, which requires workers be paid time and a half if they work more than 40 hours a week. The current exemption covers computer systems analysts, programmers, engineers, or other “similarly skilled workers.” The new language expands that to include jobs related to things like “computers,” and “networks,” or “software, hardware, databases, security, Internet, intranet or websites.” Not only does the exemption cover salaried workers, but it also includes anyone making more than $27.63 an hour. The bill’s called the Computer Professionals Update Act, or CPU Act. Witty, right? It’s in the House Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Don’t like it? Write your congressman. Seriously.

It’s that time of year when everyone’s predicting which areas will be hot in 2012. Trade associations are no exception. So let’s hear what CompTIA says. They says if you’re looking for work, look here. First, Mobile App Development. Skills there will become more important as more businesses look for products that can help them streamline operations and communicate. Security continues to be a worry for businesses, governments and consumers. But there still aren’t enough professionals around to meet their needs. Systems Integration, including Unified Communications. This’ll be a busy area as companies look for ways to save on operations and communications costs. And finally: Health IT. It’s moving from the planning to the implementation stage, so there’s plenty of work to be done there.  Plus, trainers are needed as systems begin to go live.

The value of IT certifications is always the subject of debate. So here’s another point to ponder. IT employment and consulting firm Foote Partners says business smarts are more important than certifications where hiring is concerned. The salaries between workers who have certifications and those who don’t have flattened, the company says. Why? Its third-quarter IT Skills and Certification Pay Index says that companies are looking for a “hybrid IT business professional,” who’s got skills in business, sales and marketing–on top of their technical expertise.

No Responses to “Congress Eyes IT Overtime, Predictions for 2012”

  1. Fred Bosick

    If IT professionals are now required to have business, sales and marketing skills, why is there a need for executives, salemen, and marketing people? They should think carefully about what they wish for.

    • It’s all about the end dollar. IT professionals that have skills in sales and marketing help to minimize the costs involved in sales and marketing departments. Kind of like paying 1 person, instead of 2. Many employers think that IT isn’t enough to fill a person’s 40 hour week, and putting a hand into the sales and marketing departments, means they can hire less in all departments.

      • I don’t agree with that at all. Sales and Marketing is just becoming such a core part of business today, that IT needs to be involved in the process — or at least understand the process — and make sure Sales/Marketing folks understand what tech can do so they don’t go out and make promises the company can’t keep. It’s not about doubling up the workload, it’s about making sure the tech solution is right the first time, and happens more efficiently. ‘Cause if your company isn’t operating like that, someone else probably is.

      • I agree with Mr. Feffer. I make a lot of suggestions to my boss relating to sales and marketing and he is generally unaware of the capabilities we have, and thus glad to receive the advice. In general, we implement my ideas. In my case, it has little to do with going out into the field peddling our products and everything to do with informing the higher ups about marketing/sales opportunities we are missing but could attack with little effort with respect to software modifications.

  2. John P. Aubele

    How many of these jobs will go to U.S. citizens and more specifically those that are in the 40+ year old range? Why is no one talking about the hiring descrimination that is going on in the U.S.?