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Study suggests US companies use overseas workers to cut wages

An extensive study of the US labor market has shown that the skills shortage which technology firms are constantly complaining about is overstated and firms may instead be using overseas workers to drive down wage costs. In a paper for the Economic Policy Institute by Hal Salzman of Rutgers University, Daniel Kuehn of American …
Iain Thomson, 26 Apr 2013

Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

Rebecca Richardson, the former Oracle employee who recently won a case against the company over sexual harassment committed by a former colleague, found out late last week that it was a pyrrhic victory after being hit with a monster legal bill. Richardson's case against Oracle, which was liable for the actions of a harassing …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Apr 2013
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US to hand out wads of green (cards) in bid to staff tech industry

The US government has yielded to industry bosses on some Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skilled-immigration issues, but less on others in a new bill meant to reform the existing immigration system. A bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators released the highlights of the bill yesterday, after months of pressure …
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IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

As a tech careers writer I regularly receive noise about the UK IT “skills shortage", which makes as much sense as saying there’s a shortage of Ferraris. I know this because, according to Blighty's Office for National Statistics, the average weekly pre-tax pay in “computer programming, consultancy and related activities” in 2012 …
Dominic Connor, 12 Apr 2013
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Handwriting beats PowerPoint's teaching power says MIT boffin

Remember that feeling of struggling to stay awake during university lectures? And not just because of the previous night's imbibing? The same problem affects students in massive online open courses (MOOCs), the free university courses now offered by reputable institutions around the world. Anant Agarwal, a professor of …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2013
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Free online Uni courses pressure vendors to drop training costs

The popularity of massive online open courses (MOOCs) could significantly disrupt vendors' certification models, to the point at which it is no longer possible to charge for education. Several speakers at an event titled “The Future of Higher Education and Skills Training” in Sydney, Australia, today, pointed to the …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2013
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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

Over-qualified grads are being forced into unsatisfying jobs which don't suit their skills, a report has found. In an article published in the journal Human Relations, Belgin Okay-Somerville (PhD, Human Resource Management) from the University of Aberdeen and Professor (of Human Resource Management) Dora Scholarios from the …
Jasper Hamill, 8 Apr 2013
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Australia IS NOT educating more personal trainers than IT pros

Mythbusting A little over a month ago, Nigel Dalton, CIO at the REA Group and blogger, popped out a post titled “Australia is training more personal trainers than IT professionals – really?” That blog post has since been reported by another IT news outlet. There’s nothing wrong with basing a news story on a blog post. Except when the post …
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US jobs grew at slower pace in March, says gov

US employers worried about the sequester's effect on government spending didn't hire as many new workers in March as economists expected. Changes in the all-important IT sector were much less pronounced than in other industries, though. While the unemployment rate decreased it did so for the wrong reasons, with an increase of …

USA's H-1B skilled worker visa applications open

Fancy a few years working in the US of A? If you possess a Bachelor's degree in computing or engineering, can prove skills and experience in the field and have found a stateside employer who wants your talents, get typing, dear reader, because for the next couple of days the USA is taking applications for the H-1B visa. The H-1B …
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Lots more virtualisation, cloud, added to TAFE courses

Several new subjects on virtualisation and cloud computing will shortly be added to ICA 11, Australia’s national curriculum for vocational education and training in information and communications technology. ICA 11 defines the curriculum used for courses taught at colleges of technical and further education (TAFEs, a tier of non …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Mar 2013
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Vietnamese high school kids can pass Google interview

Google engineer Neil Fraser got a bit of a surprise when he visited Vietnam recently to see how schools teach ICT: kids in 11th grade are capable of passing the Chocolate Factory’s notoriously difficult interview process. Fraser blogged about his trip (via TNW), which ostensibly seems to have been a fact-finding mission …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Mar 2013

Insourced staff paid a pittance but don't want to leave

After the scourge of outsourcing rampaged across the industry in the 1990s and 2000s, you'd think any news of insourcing would be good news for IT professionals, especially those who prefer to work in a nice, warm, in-house IT department rather than the measure-every-minute world of consultancy. At Australia's Yarra Valley Water …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Mar 2013
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Corporate IT bod? Show 'em what it costs and management WILL pay

Storagebod Getting IT departments to start thinking like service providers is an uphill struggle; getting beyond cost-to-value seems to be a leap too far for many. I wonder if it is driven by fear of change or simply a fear of assessing value. How do you assess the value of a service? Well, arguably, it is quite simple ... it is worth …
StorageBod, 20 Mar 2013

Take a temp job in Oz and become office pariah

If you’ve contemplated a year or three working in Australia on a temporary visa, think again. A domestic political storm means the climate for temporary skilled workers is likely to worsen. Australia escaped the worst ravages of the global financial crisis, experiencing neither a technical recession nor a major bump in …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Mar 2013

US economy defies Fiscal Cliff, creates plenty of IT services jobs

The US federal government's budget crisis at the end of 2012 did mess with America's economy and the jobs market in particular. But according to the latest employment report from the Department of Labor, companies were a tad more resilient in the face of the Fiscal Cliff than many had expected. As El Reg reported a month ago, …

Want a promotion? Study economics, says HDS economist

Want to get noticed by the higher-ups in your workplace? Forget about a new certification or home lab, an appreciation of economics and its application as a tool to define precise metrics about just what it costs to operate your employer's IT kit will see you get ahead. That's the opinion of Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS') chief …
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DHS bigwig 'adamantly opposed' to degree fetishism

RSA 2013 HR and in-house recruitment types should get rid of the myopic idea that to work in IT you must have been to university, says a Department of Homeland Security honcho. Many "corporate and government jobs actually require a college degree or equivalent work experience," DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity Mark Weatherford …
Jack Clark, 26 Feb 2013
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Meet Antarctic sysadmin Richard Youd

Live chat While some sysadmins bemoan the lack of training on offer in their workplaces, Richard Youd has just completed several courses, namely: Two weeks studying to be a Lay Surgical Assistant A week of Search and Rescue (SAR) technical training Six days of fire fighting and emergency response training A four-day advanced wilderness …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2013
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Ex-pats take note: China IT salaries set to jump 40 per cent

Salary hikes of up to 40 per cent could be on offer for IT pros in China this year as the surging demand for specialised skills offers certain ex-pat professionals some new opportunities for a change of scene in 2013. International recruiter Michael Page’s annual Salary & Employment Forecast (PDF) for China reveals a booming …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Feb 2013
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Good news! UK IT jobs up. Bad news? They're with a bunch of bankers

Cockle-warming stats from the UK jobs market show that job openings for techies went up at the end of 2012 and that opportunities in the well-paying financial IT sector rose for the first time in six months. Permanent IT jobs advertised in the UK went up 6 per cent in the last three months of 2012 compared to the year before, …
Anna Leach, 8 Feb 2013
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Why you need a home lab to keep your job

IT professionals can't assume their employers want, or can afford to, train them in the latest technologies and should hone and acquire new skills at home in a self-built test lab. That's the opinion of Mike Laverick, VMware's senior cloud infrastructure evangelist. Laverick has operated a lab for over a decade, starting with a …
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US IT services sector takes some job hits in January

An expected, a slowdown in job creation in the United States in January with the Fiscal Cliff looming was massively offset by revisions in the job creation rate for November and December - according to this morning's report from the US Department of Labor. Like clockwork, the Bureau of Labor Statistics issues its monthly jobs …

Australian spooks want mobile dev to build ... something

The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) seems set to equip Australian spooks with mobile apps. The Reg is happy to make that assertion on the back of this job ad seeking a “Mobile Applications Developer” with “Development experience with iOS and/or Android (desirable).” We asked ASIO why it needs a mobile …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jan 2013
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China visa changes could attract job-hunting IT pros

A change to China’s visa laws due to come into force this (northern) summer could make the People’s Republic a more attractive destination for ex-pat IT professionals up for the challenge, but the vital details on exactly which skills are needed are still being worked out. The Exit and Entry Administration Law comes into force …
Phil Muncaster, 17 Jan 2013
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EMC anoints ‘Elect’ group of IT pros

EMC has named the first 75 members of the “Elect”, a group it says will “span the gap between brand loyalty and brand advocacy.” Announced last November and pitched as a “community-driven, peer-nominated recognition program that acknowledges distinguished contributions to the EMC community by employees, customers, and partners” …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jan 2013
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IT boom driving candidate hungry Honkers

Ex-pat IT professionals looking to kick start the new year with a new career in a far-flung destination could do worse than Hong Kong or Singapore, where the tech sector is short of job candidates and is snapping up new recruits, according to international agency Hudson. The recruiter‘s Employment Trends report for Q1 2013 …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Jan 2013
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Switching to IT: Which qualifications are worthwhile?

From time to time we dip into El Reg Forums to highlight questions raised by our commentards. Today we republish this post from Thomas 4, who writes: I'm considering a change of career from my current medicinal line of work and stepping into the great grand world of IT. My current plan is starting in helpdesk work and moving up …
Drew Cullen, 8 Jan 2013

IT sector bumped up jobs in the US in December

Economists had been worried that late October superstorm Hurricane Sandy, which didn't show an immediate effect on the employment situation in November, would wallop job creation in December. Because of this, they predicted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics might have to go back and revise its November figures downwards when the …
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Vodafone India appoints SECRET SNITCHES

Vodafone India employees could find themselves kicked out of the company if they break a tough new set of safety laws, with specially-designated members of staff granted police-like powers to check compliance. The firm’s global health and safety goal is to “drive a zero fatalities culture, mindset and behaviour”. Although …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Dec 2012
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VCDX: The elite certification just 105 people hold

On 28 February next year in Las Vegas, a group of brave IT professionals will go before a jury of their peers and spend half a day defending themselves and their technical skills. The inquisitors will pull no punches and the process will be brutal. Many of those on trial will be defeated, rejected and fly home chastened. Others …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Dec 2012

Ray Kurzweil to become Google's top engineer

Futurist, artificial intelligence expert and inventor Ray Kurzweil will join Google as a director of engineering. Kurzweil's profile is such that it was he – and not his new employer – who announced the new gig, and on his own web site to boot. Google is so far silent on the reasons for Kurzweil's appointment, but the new hire' …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Dec 2012

Telcos and hosters add US jobs in November, semi manufacturers cut them

In some surprising good news for the US and perhaps the rest of the world in this interconnected global economy, employers added more jobs and lost fewer jobs in November in the wake of Hurricane Sandy smacking into the east coast in late October, and state governments started adding workers, offsetting losses in the government …
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Single? Thrill-seeking? Love selling? I've got a top job just for YOU

Comment We're barely into December, but let's not forget what awaits us when all the parties are over and 2013 rudely slaps us awake. January is a time of festive hangovers, belt tightening and making resolutions that will be broken by February. But the beginning of a new year also tends to spur the more adventurous into a fresh bout …
Tim Ayling, 6 Dec 2012
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Being responsible, creative and motivated means you aren’t

If you try to stand out from the crowd by describing yourself as “creative”, “motivated” or “responsible”, you’re actually making yourself look like you lack creativity and aren’t motivated enough to take responsibility for your career by penning a cliché-free LinkedIn Profile. We make that assertion on the basis that LinkedIn’s …
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Chinese student fails job interview because of iPhone

An incensed university student in China’s Jilin province has taken to the web to vent his frustration at being rejected during a job interview after his interviewer spotted that he owned an iPhone. The unlucky fourth year student, surnamed Gao, attended the interview at the tail end of November in Changchun city, only to be told …
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Raspberry Pi daddy: Stroke your hardware at night, land a job easy

Eben Upton, a key player in the Raspberry Pi's genesis, said out-of-work graduates should get busy with computers in their spare time if they want to land a job. And he didn't mean logging into Facebook. Speaking in a Google Hangout video chat conference call thing, Upton drew on his years of hiring newbies at chip giant …
Anna Leach, 29 Nov 2012
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Cutbacks hit CSIRO wireless unit

One of the CSIRO’s most successful research units – at least measured by the royalties it generates – is being slimmed down, according to the CSIRO Staff Association. The union has called the job cuts “baffling” given the value of wireless research to the scientific body. Through a series of long-running lawsuits with vendors …

Annual reviews: It's high time we rid the world of this insanity

An inescapable and widely dreaded fact of life for people employed in the financial industry is the annual review. Unlike the way this process might have worked a few decades ago, and still does in most other industries, it’s not a simple matter of sitting down with your manager at the end of the year for a casual discussion of …
Dave Mandl, 28 Nov 2012

Skills shortage may crimp Asia's IT rise

Asia Pacific will once again be the envy of the tech world in 2013 as it posts steady ICT spending growth of near eight per cent, but a worsening skills shortage could hamper enterprise technology adoption, according to IDC. The analyst’s top ten predictions for 2013 began with good news for the region (excluding Japan) in the 7 …
Phil Muncaster, 28 Nov 2012
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Outsourcing fingered as UBS cops £30m fine

The perils of outsourcing have again come under the spotlight after regulators investigating the $US2.3bn loss at Swiss bank UBS pointed to key risk management failings at a third party provider based in India. The FSA and Swiss regulator FINMA launched a joint investigation into UBS in September 2011 after it came to light that …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Nov 2012

Chinese cloud firm offers 'love bonus' to amorous staff

A Chinese cloud computing company has taken a novel approach to improving staff morale, ignoring all workplace common sense by encouraging its employees to hook up with each other, and with those of rival firms, in return for a financial reward. Chengdu Cloud Computing, based in the booming tech hub of Chengdu, in western China’ …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2012