“Salary Survey 2006: Hot Skills, Hot Pay” Computerworld, November 13
According to the 20th annual salary survey conducted by Computerworld, the average IT worker received a 3.1% increase in pay over the past year. … network architects received average pay increases of 5.3%, while Web developers, Internet managers and directors of e-commerce saw average jumps of 4% or more. … Average starting salaries are expected to climb 3% this year, with greater increases for some specialized positions. … For certain in-demand skills, companies are willing to pay skills premiums in the form of signing bonuses or retention bonuses.
“Computer Science Still a Good Career” Stanford Report, November 6
According to a new study on the global migration of software jobs, worries about the impact of overseas IT outsourcing could be overstated. … there are more IT jobs now than there were six years ago at the height of the IT boom. While globalization will result in certain structural changes to the world economy, the changes will also lead to increased opportunities for students with computer science degrees.
“India Now Exporting Jobs to US” Hindustan Times, November 5
India has started exporting jobs to the US to meet the demand generated by widespread growth in the Indian IT sector. In addition, India is now opening R&D and manufacturing facilities in the US as part of a broader strategy of creating a global IT footprint.
“West Not Supplying Enough IT Talent” CNN (via Reuters), November 8
As Bill Gates of Microsoft pointed out during a conference in Russia, a shortage of IT graduates from Western universities could lead Western companies to rely increasingly on developing countries to meet future demand for programmers, engineers and computer scientists. … Without a doubt, there is a shortage of IT skills on a worldwide basis. As a result, Russia is becoming more attractive, thanks to its highly-talented programmers and computer scientists.
“Create Strong Alliances by Thinking like a Consultant” EETimesCareers.com, October 23
learning to think and act like an IT consultant can provide any worker with an edge in climbing the career ladder. For example, learning to think like a consultant keeps you customer-oriented and focused on the best ways to apply specific skills and experiences. In addition, since consultants tend to ask a lot of questions, you will be engaged in an ongoing conversation with colleagues, making you better able to forge strong alliances with partners. A consultant mindset can also help you in learning to continuously monitor the competitive landscape for new trends and developments that could impact your career.
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