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  • According to a recent survey, the best tech company in the world is not Google, Twitter or any of the other "usual suspects" that frequently dominate "best employer" lists. Instead, it's a company that specializes in the more traditional world of cloud-based human resources and finance applications. But don't worry: Google and Twitter still show up in this top 10 list, which was published by Great Place to Work's "Great Rated!" Companies were selected based on average scores provided by nearly 50,000 employee survey participants. Great Rated! has actually cited 20 companies overall, broken down into categories of large enterprises and small/medium businesses, but the following is the top 10 ranking. Given the well-reported struggles that organizations in all industries face in hiring qualified technology professionals, most could probably benefit from introducing at least some of the following cultural practices of these tech companies. (The cultural practices were compiled from news articles and online job reviews, as well as the companies' Websites.)

  • IT professionals should benefit significantly from a surge in job creation over the next few years, according to research published by Modis IT Staffing. The accompanying report, the "2015 Salary Guide for IT Professionals," predicts that the growth of new technology jobs being created will rise at a far higher rate than overall employment growth. In addition, women will account for a greater share of the overall IT workforce. It's also encouraging to learn that a significant number of U.S. men and women serving overseas consider technology the top vocational choice for their post-military careers, according to the survey. The guide breaks out a number of key IT niches for job growth—along with average salary figures within each niche—and we're presenting some of those statistics in the slideshow below. As a bonus, we're also including best practices for getting that perfect and well-paying tech job. Modis has based its findings on information obtained through a partnership with CareerBliss and its internal data, as well as that from local clients and IT professionals in the market.

  • While most employees surveyed said their company does recognize good work, loyalty and other accomplishments, they are not happy about how their organization handles recognition and rewards, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association's Center for Organizational Excellence. Only a minority of workers think recognition is applied fairly. And most feel that their employer falls short on rewards that really matter, such as fair compensation, raises, bonuses and career advancement. Managers should pay attention to these issues because research shows that engaged employees are more committed and productive. "Today, business success depends on sustainable workplace practices and a healthy, high-performing workforce," says Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association. "Part of promoting employee well-being is demonstrating how their efforts contribute to the organization's success and recognizing them for their good work." On the encouraging side of the survey findings, most participants said these factors aren't crushing their morale, and they are generally satisfied with their job and are motivated to do their best. More than 880 workers took part in the research.

  • CEOs and business owners are placing more faith in IT leaders and their contributions, but that faith hasn't yet translated into perceived financial impact or valued-advisor status. These are the findings of a recent survey from global staffing and HR services firm Adecco Group. The company polled 500 CEOs and business owners, and the results indicate that IT leaders are rising in stature with top executives, but they still have work to do if they are to have a more powerful voice when it comes to major business decisions. For now, CIOs can take encouragement from the increased recognition and appreciation of their contributions. "One of the striking points of the survey has to be the level of confidence today's CEO is placing in the CIO," says Jack Cullen, president of Modis, Adecco's IT staffing subsidiary, which released a portion of the findings. "This is a ringing endorsement for a company's CIO." Especially encouraging is the healthy outlook on IT spending, which Cullen said is "deemed critical to the company's bottom line." That said, CEOs still aren't equating IT department success with actual bottom-line results to the extent that they do with other departments. And they are not including CIOs among their most trusted advisors.

  • If you want to move ahead in your career, it's important to command a skill that will enable you to write your own ticket in terms of job opportunities. Whether you're looking for greater schedule flexibility, telecommuting arrangements, an impressive title or a great salary, you'll be in a good bargaining position if you bring to the table one or more of these fastest-growing IT skills compiled by Dice.com. The company assembled the rankings based on trends analyzed within the technology jobs posted daily on its site, in terms of the skills most requested during the past year. They cover a broad range of hot tech niches, including cloud computing, big data, open-source development, mobility and project management, as well as two that deal with security. Overall, the company reports nearly 79,400 currently available positions, including more than 46,500 full-time ones. There are about 35,475 contractual openings, and about 620 jobs that are intended for telecommuters. Dice.com is an online jobs and career community for technology professionals.  

  • Moving from a startup to a more established company calls for professional fine-tuning and, on the company’s part, ensuring the right managerial fit.

  • The demand for Linux professionals is growing. To help align employers and job seekers, the Linux Foundation has made two certifying exams available online.

  • Almost all workers occasionally complain about their jobs, but a recently released survey conducted by the Harris Poll for Spherion reports that an overwhelming majority of employees are at least somewhat happy at work. Whether motivated by money or rewarding, interesting roles and responsibilities, many employees are finding ways to achieve career contentment. That's encouraging, especially since a significant number of them describe their organizations as stressful environments. Surprisingly, when accepting a new job, many workers are willing to give up a lot for the sake of being happier in their career. For example, some are willing to sacrifice schedule flexibility, office privacy, and a lower position or job title. "[Workers] will go to extreme lengths and make sacrifices for the sake of finding job happiness," says Sandy Mazur, division president at Spherion. "Employers have a unique opportunity to capitalize on these findings and offer small, but meaningful, opportunities that can help workers be happy in their current roles. And that can pay big dividends for the employee and the employer." More than 2,015 workers took part in the research.

  • IT professionals, we want to share some important information with you. Remember how hard you worked to get into a good college and earn your degree? Well, guess what? It may not help you land that perfect tech job. At least, that's the impression given by a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The findings reveal that the vast majority of CIOs value skills and experience more than the college degree earned, and a notable share say they care very little about the name recognition of the university an applicant attended. "A quality education provides the foundation, but IT employers want to see evidence of practical application of that knowledge," says John Reed, senior executive director of Robert Half Technology. "Job candidates with real-world IT experience can jump in and start contributing without a long ramp-up period, making them appealing to employers." To shed more insight on the topic, we're also including a list of best practices (also from Robert Half) for impressing a CIO during the recruitment process. More than 2,400 U.S. CIOs took part in the research.