DICE reports 40% of the tech workforce is going to be interviewing in 2017

The DICE Tech Salary Survey was released late in March. I've been behind on my reading, so it wasn't until recently that I got a chance to dig into it. One of the most surprising data points in it was: "Overall technology salaries in the U.S. were essentially flat year-over-year (-1%), at $92,081 annually from $93,328^ in 2015, with some areas across the country and specific skills areas seeing increases." Downward pressure on tech wages? … [Read more...]

Why Does Your Software Development Cost So Much??

I had a conversation recently with a C-Level executive of a small, but very successful company. He was bemoaning his relationship with software teams over the years. In so many words, he said to me, “When I oversaw software projects, I was always irritated. Either they were working intensively on a project, racking up costs but still not making deadlines, or things were slow and I had to pay them a lot to not work much.” He is a business … [Read more...]

Maximizing Your Technical Recruiting Partnership

There is no doubt about it...the demand for technical talent far exceeds the currently available supply. As a result, many companies are struggling to land the talent that they desperately need. In an effort to maximize their chances for success, we see an increasing number of organizations reaching out to professional recruiting partners for assistance in attracting and securing talent. Our 20 years of experience in the technical recruiting … [Read more...]

There is No Such Thing as “Too Involved”

Recently, a client told me, “As I’ve become familiar with other businesses in this area, I have to say that I am very impressed with your outreach and community involvement. The company I work for could take a lesson from you.” While it was flattering, the funny thing is that I feel Stout can and should be doing even more. Based on our success with outreach and community participation, we’ve recently hired a management level employee to take … [Read more...]

Direct-Hire vs. Contract-To-Hire

If you think about it, in any state that has passed at-will and right to work laws, a company can fire an employee at any time for any reason. So why the profusion of contract-to-hire job offerings lately? Why not just hire people and fire them later if they don't work out? In a typical contract-to-hire arrangement, a company will contract workers from a staffing firm. The workers are employees of the staffing firm, and are covered by worker's … [Read more...]