Let’s start the new year with some good news. Technology hiring continues to increase at a healthy rate—healthy in this economy, at least. And it’s happening across the country, not just in Silicon Valley. Executives say the job market is “incredibly competitive,” and “finding the right people” is increasingly difficult.
The boom is inflating some salaries, too. Bill Reichert, managing director for the VC firm Garage Technologies, told InfoWeek that “Software engineers are the hottest… The higher the software level, the harder it is to fill those jobs.”
Meanwhile, Robert Half Technology predicts increasing demand for these jobs during the year:
- Mobile applications developers. Their salaries are expected to increase 9.1 percent to between $85,000 and $122,500.
- Data warehouse analyst. Their salaries could grow 6.7 percent, to between $88,000 and $119,000.
- And User experience designer, whose salaries should increase 6.2 percent to between $71,750 and $104,000.
Other jobs that will be hot: data security analyst, SEO/SEM specialist, network engineer and Web developer.
Christmas week’s supposed to be quiet, right? And it probably was for you. Food, sitting by the fire, family get togethers. But–people sure found time to download apps. The research firm Flurry estimated that 1 billion apps would be downloaded during the week. then Google Senior Vice President Andy Rubin tweeted that 3.7 million Android devices were activated on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Apple fans, sorry. Apple execs don’t tweet about those things.
Flurry also estimated that 6.8 million Android and iOS devices were activated on Christmas Day alone. It also said 242 million apps were downloaded on Sunday, and 150 million on Christmas Eve.
All this means he market for app developers is going gangbusters. And Flurry doesn’t see this growth slowing down any time soon. In fact, it says all signs point to accelerating growth.
Happy New Year, app developers.
Another set of skills companies are looking for: SAP, mostly in aerospace and defense, professional services, healthcare and financial services.
Not surprisingly, SAP partners, and large customers or integrators with revenues below half a billion dollars, pay the most. Also, professionals in North America earn 25 percent more than those in Europe. Even newcomers do pretty well: Those with less than six years of experience earn a median salary of $76,375 a year.
Worldwide spending on all ERM applications was projected to reach nearly $38 billion in 2011; the most growth in financial performance and strategy management, order management, and project and portfolio management.
For people with knowledge of SAP’s High-Performance Analytic Appliance, 2012 could be the best year yet. Its U.S. sales have topped $100 million, and the company predicts it will be the number two in-memory database by 2015.
That’s the news for this week. I’m Cat Miller and this is DiceTV.