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  • The majority of hiring managers predict that the demand for open-source IT professionals will rise more than other recruitment-based areas of interest over the next six months, according to a recent survey from the Linux Foundation and Dice. The resulting report, "Moving Toward Professionalization: Rising Need for Open-Source Skills in 2016," indicates that these managers struggle to fill open-source positions, especially when trying to find candidates with needed cloud, networking and/or security experience. Meanwhile, when considering an offer, open-source professionals said they're most interested in working on appealing projects with cutting-edge technology challenges. Money and perks are of secondary interest, even though, given the hot market, many open-source specialists are able to negotiate a great compensation package. According to the report, "In the last decade, open-source development has experienced a massive shift: Once a mostly community and volunteer-based concern, the model has since become a mainstay of the IT industry. Flexibility in accommodating new technologies and speed at adapting to a changing market have made open source vital to modern companies, which are now investing zealously in open source and open-source talent. More and better code is the way forward, and the skilled professionals who can make it happen are highly in demand." More than 400 hiring managers and 4,500 open-source professionals took part in the research.

  • A significant percent of U.S. professionals are "boomerang" workers—people who have returned to work for an ex-employer—according to a recent survey from Spherion. Findings reveal that even more of the respondents are open to this idea, saying they'd consider returning to a former employer if the salary was tempting enough, if the company offered a more flexible schedule, or if there was an opportunity to work in a position created specifically for them. In other words, boomerang employees are becoming more typical, which is another reason not to burn bridges on your way out the door. "Because the boomerang concept is growing in popularity as a job-seeking strategy and is accepted by a majority of American workers, both employees and employers should be rethinking their approach to each phase of the employment lifecycle," said Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. "For example, employees should carefully manage their exit in case they want to return down the road, and employers should cast their recruitment net wider to include those who may be looking to come back." More than 1,000 U.S. workers took part in the research, which was conducted by Research Now. 

  • A great salary probably isn't the only reason you'd accept a job offer. But if you could work in a company with a great culture—one that combines a challenging, inspiring and fun work environment with an awesome compensation package—you'd undoubtedly find that very hard to turn down.  With this in mind, we're presenting the following list of the 10 highest-paying technology companies. They were compiled from the recently published "25 Highest Paying Companies in America" ranking from Glassdoor. Our tech industry-specific list includes the usual suspects, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, but none of these major players snagged the No. 1 position. Overall, the list validates the fact that talented IT professionals are in a great position to negotiate for generous compensation packages, as organizations continue to struggle to fill tech positions with qualified candidates. In fact, 20 of the overall 25 highest paying organizations are tech companies. "High pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills and higher education," said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor. "In technology, we continue to see unprecedented salaries as the war for talent is still very active, largely due to the ongoing shortage of highly skilled workers needed." This ranking is based on salary reports that employees anonymously and voluntarily posted on the Glassdoor site. To provide further insights about each tech company, we're also featuring employee comments that were posted.

  • When it comes to what tasks they like to do on the job, developers want to learn new technologies while building code, according to a recent survey from Stack Overflow. The resulting "Developer Hiring Landscape" report covers a wide range of developer-related topics, including salary information, job satisfaction levels, employment status and demographic information. With respect to compensation, engineering managers and developers who have attained executive status rank at the top. But data scientists and back-end Web developers are doing pretty well too. As for the demographics: The average developer is male, lives in the United States, is between 25 and 29 years old, and works for a company with 20 to 99 employees. Most are happy about the work they do: It helps that a majority of them actually get to check in or commit code multiple times a day, instead of just fixing bugs. The report also reveals how much formal education developers have completed, and how many consider themselves self-taught. It even includes a fun fact about whether these developers believe in aliens. More than 56,000 developers from 173 countries took part in the research. 

  • Demand for IT skills continues to soar, pushing compensation for technology professionals to new heights. Annual IT salaries averaged $96,370 in 2015, increasing by 7.7 percent over the prior year, according to Dice. The average bonus was $10,194, up 7 percent from 2014. Clearly, there are many opportunities within the industry, but do you know which skills are considered the "hottest of the hot" with respect to job openings? Look no further than the following list of 10 fastest-growing skills for IT jobs, which Dice recently compiled as part of its annual IT salary survey. The list ranks the skills that are getting the highest percentage increases for job postings at Dice.com. At the top of the list is Apache's Spark, which emerged as one of the world's most active open-source frameworks, drawing more than 1,000 contributors last year. Other skills on the list speak to continued demand for advancements in cloud, big data/analytics and project management innovation. At the same time, the Dice ranking reveals that some more traditional skills—particularly those covering electrical engineering and router-based needs—are also highly sought.

  • Life is good for technology professionals who are involved with Internet of things (IoT) projects: By 2020, the number of Internet-connected "things" will soar to 50 billion—up from nearly 5 billion last year. Also by 2020, nine out of 10 cars will be connected to the Internet, compared with just one out of 10 in 2012. In fact, only .06 percent of machines and devices that could be connected to the Internet actually are now, which means these predictions may understate what reality will eventually bring. In terms of market value, GE forecasts that the "Industrial Internet" (the company's phrase for the IoT) will add as much as $15 trillion to the global gross domestic product within the next 20 years. Clearly, opportunity is knocking. So, to pinpoint the most promising career paths here, Upwork has come up with the following list of the eight hottest IoT job categories and skills niches. Available work for those with the top skills—including data mining, big data, machine learning, security engineering, Raspberry Pi and Apache Spark—has grown at astonishing triple-digit percentages over the past year. Demand for skills such as computer networking, network security, 3D design and Linux system administration is growing at an impressive clip as well. Upwork is a jobs site for freelancers, and the research was compiled through a review of the company's freelance postings over the past year. (Results that reflect at least four-digit percentage increases include newer skills that have grown in demand at an accelerated rate compared with other skills.)

  • A seemingly endless barrage of cyber-attacks and other digital threats is taking its toll on the IT security professionals who are charged with protecting the enterprise. Despite increasingly sophisticated security solutions, the number of breaches continues to grow, and the dangers are multiplying. For security practitioners, the pressure, stress and hazards are enormous. As the recently released "2016 Security Pressures Report" from Trustwave points out: "Security professionals are often overwrought with trying to ensure that every potential threat vector is sealed off—all while working with a diminishing pool of available in-house resources." The study of 1,400 global IT and security professionals found that the pressure on practitioners is growing, a cyber-security skills gap is becoming worse, and assembling the right strategy and collection of solutions is more difficult than ever. Consequently, the things security professionals most fear as a result of a breach are damage to the company's reputation and finances, and losing their job. Here are some of the key findings from the report.