IT Employment

Poll: Is your company hiring IT professionals?

Poll: The TechRepublic 2010 IT skills and salary report lists salaries based on several factors, but is your company planning to hire?

The TechRepublic 2010 IT skills and salary report, created in a joint effort by TechRepublic and Global Knowledge, lists salaries in IT by several factors. But the real question is whether companies are actually hiring information technology professionals now or in the near future. There are strong indicators that the general economic trend is toward recovery and growth, but that movement is restrained by a weak job market.

Is that how it feels for you and your company's situation? Is your company planning to hire more staff soon? Since we are blessed with an international membership, another question to consider is the difference between countries. Take the poll and then join the discussion to let us know how you, and perhaps the company you work for, see the current job market. Should we be more optimistic?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

26 comments
mwclarke1
mwclarke1

IT Professionals, such a thing these days? A dying breed. More and more I see professionalism in the corporate world diminish. Has been happening for a while, but more so since the economic woe's lately. Companies trying to force more hours of work, less pay, unfavorable work conditions and attitudes. Trying to hire people for less, getting more unqualified workers, and management with little or no people skills and/or how to manage anything. It is like musical chairs with the best people who can afford to leaving when things get bad and left with the not so best of people in the shop, and the cycle starts in the next place. When I started in IT, it was a very professional environment. Now it seems more like a zoo with higher level managers acting kindergartners and wonder why people are not motivated. When there is so much focus on being political correct, not being able to criticize anything, pointing blame to others for their faults when something does not go as planned. I am sick and tired of all the buzz words, trying to get people motivated behind false pretenses like challenging (means work harder and more hours with less to make us more money and be happy about it) IT use to fun, After 25 years, Now I can not wait to get out!

urmask
urmask

Yes! We are looking for IT specialists/experts + we are looking somone to lead the maintenance department. Our company offers IT management and maintenance services :)

minkokiss
minkokiss

You guys must have a typo. The answer "No, and the plan does call for new hires in the near future" I think should be "does NOT call for new...".

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Yes, there was a typo in the poll, but is correct now. Thanks for pointing it out.

TheProfessorDan
TheProfessorDan

Hey Mark, this would be a great chance to point out the article Toni Bowers wrote called "Making a mistake does not make you an idiot." :)

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

That's always been my motto - especially when it comes to typos.

cenkozan
cenkozan

In 2009, we have barely made it, finishing the ongoing projects. But with 2010, our project number is greater than our IT staff.

george.hickey
george.hickey

Public sector = hiring freeze. Probably will be in place for another 18monts - 2 years. :o(

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But it's for Level 1 service techs.

jck
jck

What's it pay? ;)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

But the guys in those slots already are shrugging their shoulders and saying "At least it's a paycheck."

jck
jck

Hm. No. I don't want to do schedules and stuff. Thanks for showing me that though. If I have any buddies looking in those areas, I'll let them know. I'd have to live in my car for low-to-mid teens. :(

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Based on what I'm making as a senior level 2 tech, those guys are probably starting in the low-to-mid teens per hour in the Southeast. Most of the hiring is being done for Charlotte, SoCal, Detroit, and various other areas, so your commute would be massive. But they're looking for a supervisor in Torrance. :D http://www.toltservicegroup.com/careers.html# etu

jck
jck

Got a spare room to rent? I am about desperate enough to just turn the keys over to the bank and move up there for a lower stress job. Going back to law school or medical school is looking really good right now, to be honest.

Paul R.A.
Paul R.A.

wow optimistic- my company just cut again and is planning on cutting more in the future, The announced plan is no internal IT on the US near shore except for the execs

WhiteKnight_
WhiteKnight_

What happended to the choice of "No, and no plans for hiring in the future"?

jmgarvin
jmgarvin

IT is in a bit of a pit simply because it's been hard to be a tech company that eats our own dog food (we don't really have to buy that many IT tools) with experts in house...

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Is your company hiring, or planning to hire, IT personnel in the near future? What is the plan?

Aharley
Aharley

We are trying to, but can't find qualified individuals that will actually show up and work.

Newbie1
Newbie1

I've recently gone through a career change. I was formerly a Electronic Technician with 19 years experience. But my last three positions ended with the jobs going overseas the forced layoffs. I didn't let that get me down, in hopes of enhancing my technician skills, I went to IT school, received a diploma in IT Networking and now have A+, Network+, MCP/MCSA and Security+ certs on my resume. No one is hiring me. How can I make myself more marketable to a IT HR manager?

Lamini
Lamini

Perhaps its just the area near me, but IT certs do not compare to a degree. Companies want well rounded people. It doesnt help HR doesnt know any better.

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

Perhaps asking in what sector people are working, along with whether or not their firms are hiring, would be helpful? I know if I were looking, I would be interested in knowing where to concentrate efforts. Just a thought. P.S. I work in the financial sector, and we've already brought on board a number of IT staffers since the start of the year. Mainly on the development side.

jck
jck

Where I work, they aren't planning on hiring. However, I think there might be an exodus soon of 3-5 people because of adverse conditions here. So, I think they'll be forced to at some point.

Fyrewerx
Fyrewerx

At the rate our staff is failing mandatory ITIL certification, I'd say we'll be hiring pretty soon.

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