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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 is part of Yoh Services LLC, a Day & Zimmermann Company.

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November 24, 2008

Tech Will Survive the Financial Meltdown, Recover By 2010 recently posted a rundown of the eight reasons why the tech industry will survive and resume healthy growth by 2010.

Some of the highlights:
• Hey, at least it isn’t 2001 again. Even the most dark and dreary of predictions don’t think the current crisis compares to the disastrous dot-com bubble bursting. Times have changed; IT is integrated into all aspects of businesses in ways that just weren’t available back then.
• People love their cell phones and laptops. Most people (especially businesspeople) can’t live without their BlackBerry and portable electronics, and cell phone service has almost become a necessary expense for most.
• Businesses have become very reliant on IT and telecom services. Modern business owners would rather remove an arm than cut off tech services.

There are hard times ahead, but tech pros should look for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by Roseanne D.

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.

May 21, 2008

Tech Wages Drop After All-Time Highs in 2007

After hitting all-time highs in 2007, tech wages drop in the first quarter of 2008. So says the Q1 Yoh Index of Technology Wages, which we released just yesterday. First quarter wages for tech professionals dropped both year-over-year, and in comparison to those recorded in the final months of 2007, doing little, I’m sure, to boost your confidence in the economy.

And while this report does seem to paint a bleak picture, all hope is not lost. We’re still seeing pockets of strength in the tech sector, especially in SAP, Oracle, security and product development, and software and hardware engineering. Plus, the wage drop in March was not as severe as in earlier months, so hopefully that’s an indication that wages are once again on the rise.

Posted by Jim L.

March 20, 2008

Why a recession won’t affect the job market

Penelope Trunk over at The Brazen Careerist put together a pretty interesting post the other day about how our currently unstable economy is affecting the job market—or not.

Penelope argues that the state of today’s job market is not so much a function of economic indicators as it is of demographic trends. This is nothing we haven’t discussed before.  Baby boomers’ mass exodus from the workforce is resulting in a major shortage of employees that Gen X and Y are incapable to fill. (Penelope attributes this to Gen X’s focus on family and Gen Y’s fascination with entrepreneurship that lead them to contribute fewer hours of work per person than the boomers.)

Whether the economy enters a recession or not, as long as boomers continue to retire, demand for younger workers will be high. This is true even for sectors such as finance, real estate and manufacturing that are often hit hardest by economic downturns.

We’d like to add another area in which we expect to see high demand: technology. As we recently reported, the Q4 Yoh Index of Technology Wages revealed all-time high wages in the tech sector before gradually slowing at the end of 2007, and showed a continuing trend of year-over-year growth. And opportunities in engineering, Java, SAP®, project management, security and customer-related projects continue to be plentiful.

So don’t let talk of a recession scare you (when it comes to jobs, at least) -   retiring baby boomers will guarantee demand. But it’s up to you to sharpen your skills, maintain your credentials and make yourself an ideal and indispensable candidate.

Posted by Christy H.