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The Recruiter is a blog for workers in technology and professional markets to learn about hot fields and hiring trends from your friends at Yoh.
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 is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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August 21, 2008

Tech Wages Show Promise After Disappointing Q1

After turbulent times in the first quarter of the year, tech wages have leveled out and even increased slightly moving into July, according to the Q2 Yoh Index of Technology Wages, which we just released this morning. The growth wasn’t robust, but it’s a far cry from the black whole others have predicted, and it could be indicative of continued increases in the second half of the year.

For those of you looking for openings, here’s some of the positions that we found have been in the most demand: biostatisticians, civil engineers, Java developers, and SAP® consultants.

Posted by Jim L.

February 22, 2008

Tech wages drop after record-breaking high

The Q4 Yoh Index of Technology Wages, released just a few days ago, shows two very interesting things that happened toward the end of 2007.  Wages reached an all-time high in October ($32.39), but then quickly slowed in November and December, which could be a sign that the economy’s sluggishness is starting to affect wages and the job market.

Some of the jobs that stayed hot throughout the dip include biostatisticians, civil engineers, clinical research associates, Java developers and SAP® consultants.

Posted by Jim L.

December 13, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 4: The final chapter

All good things might come to an end, but at least they don’t have to go quietly. That’s why we’re ending our Crystal Ball Series in the Southeast, a region known for hot temperatures and hotter tech opportunities.

No wonder, considering this part of the country is home to the nation’s largest research park, second largest financial center and the ninth largest metro area. Let’s look at them more closely through our Crystal Ball:

Research Triangle Park



Thanks for following our series around the country! We hope you gleaned helpful insights about what jobs and skills are available across the U.S., and are thinking more deeply about your own employment future. Good luck!

Posted by Jim L.

December 12, 2007

In case you missed it …

Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its latest jobs forecast, this time focusing on the 30 fastest-growing careers for 2006 to 2016. The tech sector-heavy results will come as an early holiday gift for job-seeking IT pros.

The first job category on the list was network systems and data communications analysts, expected to increase 53.4 percent. Other high-ranking roles included computer software application engineers (44.6 percent); computer systems analysts (29 percent); database administrators (28.6 percent); and systems software engineers (28.2 percent).

Such positive forecasts fly in the face of conventional wisdom. Given the uncertain economy right now, many experts were predicting job losses. Imagine their surprise, then, when the pre-holiday apocalypse didn’t come true, and instead defied all expectations with job increases.

Overall, this report further supports what we’ve been seeing for awhile in the tech marketplace: Demand is going strong for technology, IT, clinical research and scientific jobs, making it an ideal time to be on the supply side.

Posted by Roseanne D.

December 10, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 3: Across the country

Surprise! Life does exist between Los Angeles and New York ;-). And while our next four areas aren’t in exactly one region, they just go to show there are plenty of tech opportunities for savvy IT pros anywhere in the U.S.

The secret is knowing where to look. And we can help you look around by looking ahead. Crystal Ball, show us what’s happening in 2008 for these tech hot spots:

Northern N.J.




Our Crystal Ball Series will wrap up on Thursday with the Southeast, so come on down for the final installment. See you then!

December 06, 2007

Crystal Ball Series pt. 2: West Coast roundup

It truly is the Wild West when it comes to our next four IT markets. Anchored by Silicon Valley, these locations make up our country’s most famous tech corridor, and are renowned for their wealth of talent and innovation.

So what do these IT hotbeds hold in store for you in 2008? Let’s consult our handy crystal ball:



Silicon Valley

Southern California

We’ll swing over to the Midwest and East Coast next Monday, so make sure to stop by for another look-see.

Posted by Jim L.

December 03, 2007

The Crystal Ball Series gets rollin’

We like to dabble in divination on The Recruiter. But I don’t mean tea leaves, tarot cards or astrology. I’m talking about educated predictions based on solid, real-time demand from customers, and experiences of IT workers and recruiters in the field.

That’s why we’re ringing in the 2008 job market with our first-ever Crystal Ball Series, a four-part forecast of the hottest jobs and skills for the coming year. It’s grounded in our analysis of Yoh’s research during 2007, and will ultimately cover 15 markets and over 40 skill sets.

Plus, you’ll get to hear these prophecies in my own voice, thanks to our on-the-go podcast snippets. And remember, you can agree, disagree, elaborate, pontificate or otherwise sound off about these outlooks at any point in the comments section.

Let’s kick off the clairvoyance by gazing into our first four markets:




St. Louis

Check back later this week for our West Coast roundup!

Posted by Jim L.

November 27, 2007

The world is your oyster

If your ears perked up when we blogged about regional hot jobs recently, then you might be the perfect candidate for relocation. Indeed, IT pros struck with wanderlust have a wealth of opportunities before them, whether coast-to-coast in the U.S., or across the four corners of the globe.

Of course, finding that far-flung job can be difficult without the right help. Here, talent and staffing firms can help streamline the hiring process, and connect you with employers you might not find otherwise.

And when you do find that new adventure, carefully weigh your options and priorities. Will this move benefit you professionally? Financially? Personally?

It would be a shame to show up on distant shores, bags in hand, only to realize the new gig isn’t the right fit. So put in the evaluation and soul-searching upfront to make sure the risk is worth taking.

OK, your turn. How has relocation affected your career? Success stories and cautionary tales welcome!

Posted by Christy H.