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  • 5 Salary Growth Factors for Engineers and Developers

    Using data from working to find hundreds of tech professionals their next role in 2016, Workbridge recruiting experts identified some trends in salaries, experience and skill sets for tech professionals. You can read the full report here. One of the notable findings was that salary growth stagnates for tech professionals after 15+ years of experience. Keeping these factors in mind can help you continue to increase your salary year after year if you position yourself correctly.

    1) Your Tech Stack

    Your skill set is obviously one of the most essential parts of continuous salary growth. For example, based on data from past placements, the highest salary increases seen in 2016 were received by Java Developers. With the introduction of Java 8, Java now has a functional programming side compared to the past object oriented type development, which gives it functionality for both large institutions and the start-up space. One of the biggest factors is also the need for Core Java in the financial space – certain industries such as financial will frequently be able to up your salary more than others; if you have a technology skill set that is in high demand in these industries, you’ll be better set up to increase your compensation. Mobile, Network Security, Front End, Ruby on Rails, Product Management, and UI/UX were also listed among the highest paid technologies coming into 2017.

    2) New Trends & Technology in Your Industry

    It can be hard to keep up with new trends in technology, especially for those tech professionals who have been in the workforce working with specific tools for years. When new tools or languages (or even methodologies, like Agile) are developed, they can have a very large impact on work flow, processes, and structure of the organization of projects and therefore on your value as an employee. For instance, Cloud Computing technology experience, such as Azure and Amazon Web Services, can increase salaries by as much as 26% according to this research we’ve collected. Another skill set in demand is mobile development experience, with iOS and Android lifting salaries by 14% and 13% respectively.

    What are the highest paid tech skills? Find out how to make $200K as an engineer.

    3) Mobility & Willingness to Change Jobs

    According to a study done by ADP following the close of the first quarter of 2017, moving jobs has an average salary increase of 5.2%. Other reports estimate that the average is 8-10% in the more fast-paced industries. Experienced technologists who move into higher level roles on the corporate ladder, transitioning into management or lead roles through a promotion or job change, will of course see more growth in their compensation. A lot of employers feel comfortable hiring experienced engineers working for other companies and don’t see the need to promote within the company, so there is a reason why most employees would leave their current job for 13%.

    4) Career Growth into Management

    Outside of the most expensive tech hubs, many people placed with a $200K+ salary are generally at a Senior Management, C-Level or Lead position working for a startup or Fortune 500 company. As an engineer, being an effective manager who can lead others, take ownership, and make critical decisions will logically lead to salary growth. An MBA (full-time, executive, online, or part-time), a Master’s Degree in Engineering and a focus on management opportunities, as well as courses and a certificate on Leadership, are all important areas that can help qualify a candidate for a higher compensation.

    Are you looking for a title change? Check out our job board for opportunities in management and beyond. 

    5) Positioning Yourself Competitively to the Incoming Workforce

    There will always be an influx of new entries to the workforce. With every graduating class, a new set of young minds with the latest knowledge will start competing with those who have been in the business for 15+ years. When preparing for an interview, think about what sets you apart from the rest of the applicants besides your tech stack. Ask yourself this question: what is the difference between someone with a degree from 1990 and 27 years of experience compared to a person who graduated in 1996? 

    For the complete list of guidelines to keep your salary growing strong and steadily throughout your career, read the entire article here

     

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  • 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Contracting

    The contracting industry is growing exponentially. More and more Fortune 500 companies are turning to contracting as a business solution. Why? The cost associated with providing benefits and on-boarding for a full-time employee is high for a company on a tight budget. Contracting offers a solution for many employers looking for less overhead cost when it comes to hiring someone new for their team, quickly.  So what does this mean for you? It means you have more opportunities to grow your skills and further your career – faster – as a contractor.

    After meeting with thousands of technology professionals and seeing consistent questions, we’ve gathered the most common misconceptions on contracting. These pre-conceived notions have been preventing many job seekers from considering contract opportunities, so don’t fall into the same trap. Become knowledgeable on the contracting model and how it can help you in your career.

    Misconception: Contract work is unstable and always short-term.

    Reality: You can have a stable career as a contractor. Typically, the duration of a contract role can range from three months, six months to one year. Contract positions can be long-term depending on the company, assignment or project. Contracts can also get extended. We’ve seen roles get extended for up to four or five years and in some cases, for even longer.   

    The hiring process for a contractor can be much faster than hiring a full-time employee. Many contractors have been offered a position after their first round interview. Imagine, going on-site for the company of your dreams and getting offered the position on the same day. “One and done, it’s as simple as that.”

    Are you actively looking for a new role? Being open to contract opportunities can speed up your job search. You may be surprised by the turn rate. From the moment you apply to a position, you can meet the company, receive the job offer, begin the on-boarding process as a new employee, and start your first day at your next role in less than two weeks

    From an employer’s perspective, there are far less hoops to jump through in terms of getting a new candidate on-boarded and having that candidate start immediately, if it's on a contract basis.

    On a contract now? The rule of thumb is to start your job search at least six weeks before your contract expires. Check out our contract positions and apply today!

    Misconception: If the company goes under, I’ll be the first to go as a contractor.

    Reality: When a company shuts down their operations, lay-offs usually happen first with full-time employees on payroll. For example, if a company is trying to go public like the recent Snap Inc. IPO, the organization will cut costs where they can to make their finances look strong. Full-time employees have overhead costs associated with the company that don't directly make the company profitable. Thus, full-time employees are typically the first ones to be let go. On the other side, contractors are not on payroll and are needed to finish out urgent projects. The point being, contractors cost less for the company. An agency like Workbridge Associates covers all costs associated with on-boarding and benefits for the contractor. This allows the full life cycle from first touch point interview to first date of employment to occur rather quickly.

    Misconception: Most companies don’t hire contractors.

    Reality: Many companies do hire contractors – from the Fortune 500 companies in the hot entertainment industry to small start-ups working with the latest technology like VR and AI. The technology industry and IT sector is actually trending towards the contract market flow. As mentioned, full-time employees have costs that come out of department budgets under the hiring company. Contract staffing agencies cover the costs associated with HR, on-boarding and benefits.  Countless companies are turning to contracting as a quicker, more effective solution to their hiring needs. 

    In the ever competitive, high-speed tech job market, the majority of the work is project based. Whether you are developing a new product, migrating infrastructure, or creating the software for the latest tech trend you could always use an additional hand to ensure that project is seen through completion.

    Misconception: Contract work is all grunt work.

    Reality: Contract work is typically more exciting. You have the opportunity to work for some of the biggest and best companies in the industry and build out your resume while also working on the latest and greatest technologies.

    Full-time roles can get boring in a stagnant environment. On the other hand, contract work is ever-changing, rewarding and compelling. There are more avenues for career growth and development. You have the opportunity to work on different projects and work with dynamic teams as well as build out your skill set and explore learning something new. Looking to create your own schedule and take time off between projects? Contracting could be a rewarding option for you! A career in contracting can be rewarding, leading to a greater impact working with different organizations in various industries, contracting is what you make of it.

    Remember, with the contracting market on the upswing you want to be the first adopter. There is stability in having a career in contracting. If you are looking for a new role, the life cycle to get hired as a contractor is much faster compared to on-boarding a full time employee. Typically, companies need contractors to get hired quickly to solve a need within the organization, so you’ll be valued by your employer. The next time your company has an upcoming product or software launch, you know they're considering hiring a contractor to join your tech team (and they can enlist our help here).

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  • 3 Negotiation Tips That Boost an Entry-Level Salary

    One of the biggest contributing factors of salary growth is experience, and the way that engineers can leverage their experience to get the best possible pay will make the upmost difference. After analyzing thousands of job placements across the United States and Canada, we have built a graph that demonstrates the growth of annual salaries by experience level in the tech industry.

    You're probably wondering why the above graph illustrates that having "0 years" or no years of experience in the tech industry can get you a higher paying salary than someone who has one or two years. Surprisingly, an entry-level university or college graduate with little to no experience can actually negotiate at 4% higher salary than their peers who already have some experience in the industry.

    4 Obstacles that Young Professionals Face in the Tech Industry

    Some reasons behind this are:

    1. With a shortage of tech talent, there is fierce competition amongst big companies to attract engineers and tech graduates right out of school.

    2. If the candidate has little experience, but is already searching for a new job, it's a big indicator that something went wrong, such as termination of employment. It could also indicate that a person is looking for some type of career change (industry, company, technology, location, etc.) and would be willing to settle for a lower salary.

    3. Once graduated, many young people try to find success as entrepreneurs. If that fails, a lot of them will then resort back to the job market, where their experience as entrepreneurs partially counts but their earnings at the time were little to none. Therefore, there is more leverage for an employer to offer less.

    Start your job search in tech by checking out our job listings in a city near you!

    Read the entire report on Tech in Motion Events website, and get further insight into how your experience level can influence how much you make.

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  • 4 Simple Rules for Recruiting the One

    Companies (much like singles these days) are always looking for great candidates to join their team, similar to how people are always in search of "the right one." This is especially true when it comes to hiring a permanent candidate or even a short-term contractor.

    Whether it's on a perm or contract basis, companies can't afford to waste their time with potential candidates who are not serious about their search. The truth is 40% of employees who quit their job last year did so within six months of starting the position (via INC). So how can you avoid this? Perhaps taking your search for exceptional talent to a recruiting agency, a hiring matchmaker if you will, could be your best option for finding "the right one" to join your team.

    Why hire a professional matchmaker? Here are a few ways they can effect your hiring process so you be more efficient with your time and energy:

    1. Provide a pre-screening step to make sure applicants are what you see.

    Recruiters go through a process when verifiying candidates: they talk to them, meet with them in person, check their references, and run a background check. At Workbridge, our contractors are on a W2 and are treated as our own employees, so candidates need to be able to pass our inspection. Companies can rest easy when it comes to the quality of the candidates good matchmakers are providing.

    2. Cater to compatibility so you don't waste time qualifying candidates.

    Every recruiter also should screen each candidate to ensure they are a fit for the role. Ideally, they would talk to the candidates about their experience and the position to ensure a match. Recruiting agencies that know what they're doing don't waste a hiring manager's time with candidates who are not a fit, and with an outside perspective can sometimes find the diamond in the rough a hiring manager might have missed.

    3. Save you time, energy, and effort by doing the hard work.

    Recruiters are responsible for helping the candidate through the process, which includes pay rate conversations. They take on the responsibility of providing benefits information, and even supplying benefits for contractors, as well as explaining workplace insurance and background checks. They are trained and experienced to make the process of finding and bringing on the right candidate as fast as possible.

    4. Find great candidates you might not find on your own.

    Top recruiters have a large network and diverse methods that make finding these hard-to-reach candidates possible. At Workbridge Associates, we even sponsor networking meetups through our event series, Tech in Motion, in all of our active cities. Why waste time companies combing through resumes to find "the one" (or the few)? The goal of skipping this step in the process is to give you more time to talk to qualified candidates, instead of spending that time trying to track them down.

    But before you enter into the recruiting process, or the matchmaking world, consider the following:

    • Don't go in with unrealistic expectations.
      • Even the best recruiters still aren't miracle workers. Recruiters and hiring managers have the same goal: get your open roles filled with the best possible candidate that you can afford. It helps to have an open mind and hire the person who fits.
    • Go into the process with a positive attitude.
      • Looking for the candidate that fits the role, matches the company culture, and can get the job done is priority. Finding all the reasons why the person isn't perfect is not.
    • It takes money to make money.
      • Using an agency has its costs, even though options like contracting make it more affordable. The tech talent market is competitive, and you get what you pay for in terms of quality - whether it's a candidate or the recruiting agency you're working with. However, being up front about costs and willing to compromise could help a good recruiter find a way to work within your budget.

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  • Tech Salary Predictions for 2017

     

    With 19 offices across North America, Workbridge Associates has a few thousand records of recent job openings and placements in the tech industry. A big part of being in the recruitment industry is monitoring the trends in job openings and salaries. As we begin 2017, we wanted to take the opportunity and build our own predictions about salaries in the tech sector for the year.

    Our research is not only based on job openings, but on actual placements after all the negotiations and final compensations for candidates. This report contains information about full-time permanent salaries and does not include contract or freelance jobs. We took four years of data, ranging from 2013 to 2016, and divided it by experience and the cities in which we had enough data for. Here's what to expect in 2017: 

    A 3% or more increase in salary

    Based on our research, the average salary for a software engineer should increase to $107,745 or slightly over 3% compared to 2016.

    The Biggest Tech Salary Increases Happen In Tech Hubs

    Based on the forecast for 2017 by cities, New York will have the biggest salary increase by 4.5% with San Francisco not far behind with a 4% increase.

          Forecast on Tech Salaries Changes by the City

         

    City

    2013 - 2016 Change

    2017 Forecast

    Boston

    12.4%

    2.1%

    Chicago

    16.6%

    3.1%

    Los Angeles

    12.6%

    3.2%

    New York

    22.2%

    4.5%

    Orange County

    8.9%

    2.2%

    Philadelphia

    6.6%

    1.7%

    San Francisco

    20.1%

    4.0%

    San Jose

    14.0%

    3.0%

    Washington DC

    11.3%

    2.8%


    Expect a 3-3.5% increase regardless of experience

    On average, we can expect a 3-3.5% salary growth each year. If you're looking for a new opportunity in tech, contact a Workbridge office in a city near you!

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  • Busting the 4 Biggest Myths for Tech Job Seekers

    With over 400 highly specialized tech recruiting professionals across North America, our agency experts know firsthand how people think and act during the hiring process. Our 2016 research study debunks the biggest misperceptions for tech job seekers and offers helpful advice on how to navigate today’s competitive job market.

    Myth 1: “If I don’t have all the required skills, I shouldn’t bother applying for the job.”

    Advice from the experts: “Know where you stand and act accordingly. If you’re less qualified, be prepared to make your business case upfront on your resume or cover letter as to why they should still consider you. Always apply to jobs even if you are not sure since you are applying to the company (not just the job). Other jobs may exist that will be a better fit. Also, job specs can be very fluid in tech and some companies can/will adjust requirements and provide training for the right person.”

    Myth 2: “If I’ve been a job hopper, potential employers will not consider for me for the position.”

    Advice from the experts: “It’s not the WHAT, it’s the WHY that counts most when explaining job hopping to a potential employer. There are many completely understandable reasons for leaving a job after a short period of time. Make sure to specify any of these acceptable reasons for leaving directly on the resume to avoid any negative stigmas.”

    Let us help you discover your dream job - Contact a Workbridge Associates in a city near you!

    Myth 3: “If the company has no job postings online, then they must not be hiring.”    

    Advice from the experts: “The elusiveness of the tech job market means that candidates should never rely on job boards alone. They should leverage their networks as much as possible and also work with a localized/specialized tech recruiter who uncovers these hidden jobs on a daily basis.”

    Check out which companies are hiring by applying to one of our many tech jobs online!

    Myth 4: “If I’m the leading candidate for a Perm position, I should be able to negotiate my starting offer as high as I’d like.”

    Advice from the experts: “As highly qualified as a tech candidate may be, there is and will always be competition. A candidate’s savvy negotiation and education on the marketplace (via salary reports) is expected from employers. But when candidates exhibit indulgence or entitlement in regards to a potential offer, their well-intentioned actions could backfire on them.”

    Contact a local Workbridge Associates today and let us help you kick off 2017 on the right foot.

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  • Tech Salary Report: Where You Need to Live to Earn $200K+

    Over the past 27 years, Workbridge Associates has worked with hundreds of thousands of engineers across North America to help find these tech professionals their dream jobs. While the vast majority end up in positions that pay between $50,000 and $140,000, we have also placed many engineers at the $200K-$300K+ range. Based on placements done over the last three years, Workbridge pulled together a guide to tell you what you need to do to get there, with data about the highest paid salaries by location, experience, skill set, and more.

    Based on experience, Workbridge has found that you can be the greatest developer with a Ph.D. in Engineering, but a $200K position may not exist in the geographic region you live in. As the report signifies, most of the job openings in the $200K range are located in San Francisco, San Jose, New York, Washington DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

    Apply to a job in one of our cities and get one step closer to the salary you're looking for.

    While it's still possible to reach the $200K level elsewhere, if you’re not open to relocating to a place where the pay is higher, you may be limiting yourself. For the full report and more details on how you can earn the highest salary, such as skills and experience level, read the full article by clicking below. 

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  • 5 Reasons to Hire a Veteran

    Military veterans are a great talent pool to dip into, and companies are noticing. In fact, this blog by the U.S. Department of Labor points out that the unemployment rate for veterans is constantly below the unemployment rate of non-veterans. Are you thinking about hiring a veteran at your company? Having worked with quite a few veterans to place them at tech jobs, Jennifer Talwar, Practice Manager at Workbridge Silicon Valley, gives you five great reasons below why your next employee should be a veteran.

    1. Ability to work on a team

    Being able to work well on a team is one of the first things that can get someone hired. You can have an amazing resume with all the "hot skills listed," but as soon as you are on an onsite interview and not able to demonstrate that you are a team player, the interview is over. "From my experience, all the veterans that I have worked with have those key teamwork skills that hiring managers are looking for," says Jennifer.

    2. Pride in their work

    More than the average candidate, veterans always have a strong sense of pride in their work and their personal brand. They want to be known as experts in their field and want to be highly respected in their skillset, so they put in the time and hard work to accomplish that.

    3. Reliable

    Compared to the average candidate, veterans are some of the most reliable candidates to work with. They are always prepared and are very efficient with time management and respect other people's time because they know it is important.

     Are you a veteran looking for a job? Apply to a job in Silicon Valley or a city near you!

    4. Versatile

    Working with many different types of people in a fast paced environment, especially in the tech industry, is normal. Veterans have the experience and skills to be cross-functional when it comes to situations. They work well under high pressure and can make quick decisions when needed.

    5. Perspective on the bigger picture

    Having a perspective on the bigger picture is important in an employee because it shows maturity. Veterans tend to have a higher-level outlook because they understand what is in their control and what isn't. They also know how to control their own environment and how to let go of the things that are outside of their control. This type of mentality is very important for the workplace and results in a calm and confident attitude.

    According to Joseph Kernan, NS2 Serves Chairman and Vice Admiral (Ret.), U.S. Navy, in an article from the Business Journal, "Hiring a veteran not only provides your company with a devoted employee who has the potential to become a highly productive member of the team, but you're also giving a deserving veteran a fresh start in post-military life and a chance at a fulfillinig career." Looking to hire a veteran? Contact Workbridge here so we can help find you the right talent for the job.

    Ready to start your tech job search? Here are some resources to help guide you to a job you'll love:

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