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  • Tech Hiring Trends for 2014

    Article by Workbridge Boston.

    The tech industry is an ever-changing world that recruiters, hiring managers, and job seekers alike need to stay on top of. With the start of a new year, we are seeing new trends in salaries, best places to work, and hiring demands. With a little bit of research and some help from my fellow recruiters, I give you the hiring trends of 2014.

    Salaries in the Boston Tech Market will Rise in 2014

    The West Coast is known for paying higher salaries (about $20k higher) than the East. At of the end of 2013, Boston companies were still not able to compete with these numbers. We're going to see this shift in 2014 as the Boston tech market explodes. The competition between companies for technical talent in Boston is at an all-time high. Historically, the West Coast and New York have been known for being the tech hotbeds, but Boston is heating up as well, resulting in increased demand, only without the supply. Companies are being forced to pay more, much more, to keep their talent, the main reason why almost every candidate in the Boston area has received a counter offer after accepting a new position.

    Project over Prestige

    There used to be a time when large corporations were the answer to job hunting. Companies like EMC and Akamai were the place to be when it came to technology, but that isn’t the case anymore. 2014 is the year of the startup. The majority of the talent pool in Boston is looking to leave their mammoth corporations for more exciting and cutting-edge projects, and the large corporations are left wondering why they no longer have the pull that they used to.

    Working at a startup allows candidates to break free of the chains that large corporations restrain them with. Although startups will never be able to compete with the salaries that larger corporations can offer, they can incentivize with a reward system based off of skills rather dollar signs. Candidates are drawn to innovation and an atmosphere that focuses on recognition of accomplishments. This is something unmatched by corporate culture.

    Hot Hiring Trends

    For my team, 2014 is the year of DevOps and Big Data. As the amount of internet users increases, companies need to meet this high demand. Big data is the solution to this problem because it facilitates the capture, management, and processing of data. In response to this increased demand, companies need to figure out a way to scale their infrastructure. Enter, DevOps, the integration of software development and IT operations, which evolved from this growing demand. If you want to learn more about DevOps, check out this post by Tim Lockwood in our New York office.

    On the Microsoft side of the market, C# programmers still run the show but the need to have experience with web development using ASP.NET MVC, JavaScript libraries, and Entity Framework. Also, SQL has become increasingly more important. This year has shed some light on the use of single-page applications with JavaScript libraries and the importance of hiring a candidate that can interpret and rewrite scripts with a complete understanding of the project, rather than simply manipulating scripts to make the processes work. 

    In the open source world, the UI experience has become increasingly important. The new year is giving way to new and emerging JavaScript frameworks, stressing the importance of the development of mobile applications. There is a high demand for Open Source and UI talent, but right now there just aren't enough of them to meet the demand in the Boston market. 

    So what does this tell us? The technical themes of 2014 are Big Data, large corporations feeling the threat of small and innovative startups, and candidates broadening their technical skills. 2014, it’s going to be a great year.

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