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Yoh is one of the largest providers of talent and outsourcing services to customers in the United States. With over 374 million USD in total sales, Yoh operates from more than 75 locations and provides long- and short-term temporary and direct placement of technology and professional personnel, as well as managed staffing services, for the information technology, scientific, engineering, health care and telecommunications communities. For more information, visit yoh.com. Yoh is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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April 17, 2007

Increase your skill set with IT certification

I was reading an article by Lutz Ziob of MCPmag.com about IT certification, and it got me thinking about the value of these certifications—especially with tech wages steadily rising.

There are some skill sets in the IT world that are especially hard to come by, and those with SAP and Oracle skills are always in demand. Therefore, potential employees who can perform the necessary tasks associated with these skills will have their pick of jobs. And that means employers will be more likely to provide additional perks and raise wages to entice workers.

So what does that mean for consultants? A lot. These certifications do much more than show IT workers are competent in their skill set, and increase their hirability. When certification programs are put in place, they strengthen their business.

A survey by IDC (and sponsored by Microsoft) found that 66 percent of managers thought certifications improve the level of service and support offered to customers, and 75 percent of these managers felt that certifications were important to overall team performance.

Likewise, certifications are also beneficial to the employees. Having a certification can set you apart from similar candidates who might not be certified. In addition, certifications can keep you abreast of changing technologies and the skills to manage them.

But these certifications don’t just have to come from employers. There are also online training programs and programs run by vendors, such as Oracle and SAP, that offer certification in several of the latest tools, including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Oracle 9i DBA, and mySAP CRM 3.0. And online courses let you complete certification at your own pace, in your free time.

I’d be interested in hearing thoughts on this. Do your employers have certification programs in place? Do you take advantage of them? Have you taken training programs online or through vendors if your employer does not offer certification programs?

All comments welcome!

Posted by Michele B.

April 16, 2007

SAPPHIRE ’07 Could Open Doors for Career Opportunities (if you have the hot SAP® skills. . .)

SAP® kicks off its SAPPHIRE event this Sunday, April 22nd, in Atlanta, Georgia. A few representatives from Yoh will be attending the event again this year. Feel free to stop by our booth (1033) to chat about the SAP® market, as well as the top jobs available for those with SAP® skills. Between new upgrades offered from SAP® and the swelling movement toward creating a standardized ESA platform, the need for qualified SAP® talent to help build and maintain these new systems is greater than ever. We would be interested in hearing some thoughts about the job market from those currently in the trenches with the SAP® skills mentioned above.

Check back again later next week for our post-SAPPHIRE recap.

Posted by Christy H.

April 13, 2007

TechDirt is spreading the word...

TechDirt linked to the Yoh Index of Technology Wages and has generated a variety of comments that you might relate to, or disagree with: everything from companies hiring more consultants instead of permanent workers, to the lack of qualified talent coming out of colleges to fill high-level positions down the road. Would love to hear your thoughts too.

Posted by Jim L.

April 12, 2007

More Good News for Tech Workers

As predicted on The Recruiter back in January, the laws of supply and demand have once again driven up technology wages.  According to the Yoh Index of Technology Wages from Q1 of 2007, the hourly wage for high-impact technology workers was $31.80 in the middle of the quarter.  This figure is the highest documented by the Yoh Index of Technology Wages, since its inception in 2001.

So what does this mean for you?

The continued emergence of new technologies, such as Web 2.0 applications, SaaS and social networking, as well as growing tech trends in the pharma and clinical industries, means that the availability of tech jobs will continue to rise.  As a result, you should expect to see wage growth continuing through 2007.

Posted by Jim L.