IT Job Market's Heating up in South Florida

Susan Hall
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We all know the tech job market's hot in Silicon Valley and New York. But I've written that the tech job market's looking up in San Diego; Detroit; Columbus, Ohio; and North Carolina.


Employers in South Florida are singing a similar tune in a survey of 700 tech executives by Boca Raton-based staffing firm PROTECH. Among the results:


  • 41 percent reported a budget increase. The average increase was 8.5 percent, compared with 6 percent in 2010.
  • 37 percent plan to increase IT staff this year, up from 23 percent in 2010.
  • 50 percent are concerned about losing top IT talent in 2011. (As well, they should be.)
  • The top two key reasons cited for defections are compensation and lack of career path. When I interviewed Vincent Milich, director of the IT Effectiveness Practice at Hay Group, he told me IT pros are especially concerned about seeing a clear career path at their companies.
  • Their top three tech priorities for 2011 are "infrastructure upgrades" (48 percent); "website redesign" (21 percent); and "new large applications development endeavor" (13 percent).
  • Non-technology-related priorities are "marketing and branding" (24 percent) and "streamline operations" (24 percent). Four tied for third place: "implement management framework," "improve customer satisfaction," "increase sales" and "product innovation," all with 13 percent.


In its survey of 14,000 IT pros, it found:


  • 31 percent rank the job market as "better," compared with 15 percent who said so last year.
  • 88 percent are willing to leave their current employer, up from 81 percent in 2010. (Yikes!)
  • The top three factors cited when considering a new job are salary, company stability and benefits.

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