We've seen various reports during the last few weeks suggesting that U.S. companies are either hiring or intend to hire more technology workers. Now come some hard numbers to back up what various surveys have suggested. According to the report, listings for full-time positions surged 46% in the last year, to more than 42,000 as of Oct. 1.
And the surge wasn't confined to Silicon Valley, where listings rose 64% to 4,567. Seattle, which is fast becoming a hub for social gaming companies, among others, saw its listings double to 2,355. Combined with a government report earlier this month which showed that the Austin, Texas, region has posted the best job growth of any U.S. metropolitan area so far in 2010, the surge in job listings is good news for tech workers across the U.S. (Network World)
Accenture on a Hiring Rampage (FINS)
The business and technology consulting firm has hired 27,000 workers during the past 13 months, and is looking for another 7,000 in the U.S. We sat down with the recruiter in charge of finding them to see who he's looking for.
Good Pay for Smart (Grid) Work (LocalTechWire)
Siemens Energy said it will expand its presence in North Carolina, bringing 139 new technology jobs to Wake County. The jobs, which will pay an average of $88,000, come on top of 900 new positions the German giant said it would add to its Charlotte facility earlier this year.
Flemish, With an Okie Accent (iStockAnalyst)
Umicore, a Belgian maker of materials for solar panels, opened a new factory in Quapaw, Okla., that could add as many as 50 tech jobs to the Northeast Oklahoma town over the next two years.
Nervous Days for Seagate Workers (Bloomberg)
The No. 1 computer disk-drive maker said it's in talks to be taken private through a sale to private equity firms, which make money on these kinds of buyouts by trimming operating costs and, typically, headcount.
Offshoring Made Easy (CC Times)
A growing number of small U.S. companies are using online services to hire overseas contract workers who work for pay that is well below what comparable tech workers here receive.
How to Get in on Skype's IPO (FINS)
Skype, the provider of Internet-based voice and video calling, is hiring like crazy in advance of its planned initial stock offering.
But We Don't Want to Be Saved! (Bloomberg)
Yahoo Inc., which has seen its stock lose half its value since it fought off a Microsoft Corp. takeover in 2008, has reportedly hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor amid possible acquisition interest by AOL and a consortium of private equity firms.
Is There Anybody out There? (Gizmodo)
The rescued Chilean miners added to their newfound loot after Apple's Steve Jobs said he will provide them all with free iPods. If only they'd had them two months ago, their time in the dark may have passed more quickly.
Get off a' My Cloud (Computer Reseller News)
Some CIOs who run mid-sized IT shops are doing absolutely nothing with cloud computing...yet.
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