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Freelance Mobile App Developers in Demand

Demand for mobile application developers continues to grow as smart phone adoption shows no sign of slowing. In's annual list of the Top 50 most-in-demand skillsets, mobile phone development ranked 19th, with 4,608 openings, up 31 percent from the previous year. 

With “post-PC device” sales outstripping that of personal computers and a slew of new models
hitting the market, the number of jobs in these areas has seen a steady increase. The demand
for mobile developers has been insatiable and will continue to grow as more businesses seek
to offer their products and services on these platforms, said.

YouTube skills ranked 20th, with 1,248 jobs, a 31 percent increase. Behind that was:
Visual Basic, 1,345 jobs (+29 percent)
User Interface, 1,237 (+29 percent)
Android, 2,863 jobs, (+28 percent)
CSS, 5,579 jobs (+27 percent), and
iPhone, 4,318 jobs (+27 percent).

The continued growth of "post-PC" devices and their support of next-generation open web standards such as HTML5 has seen many businesses invest in Web 2.0 technologies such as jQuery (up 39 percen to 2,324 jobs). This has been to the detriment of older and proprietary technologies such as Flash (down 1 percent to 2,697 jobs). HTML5 (up 48 percent to 2,160 jobs) continues its ascent as the de-facto Web 2.0 standard.

New Cybersecurity Training Launched for Veterans

A new nonprofit organization has been formed to provide career training that links returning US veterans to employers in need of qualified cyber security professionals through training and career placement. The Warriors to Cyber Warriors program is a six-month, tuition-free cybersecurity certification that gives veterans and wounded service members skills to transition from the military to a career as a cybersecurity professional.

Established by Lunarline, a cybersecurity services, training, and product company; and Echo360, a blended learning and lecture capture solutions provider; the program incorporates an NSA/CNSS certified cyber security training curriculum with a dedicated online community offering individualized mentoring, coaching and peer support to each veteran student. The first student cohort commences in June 2012. Applications for the second cohort are now being accepted. Starting salaries for graduates of the cybersecurity program can be up to $75,000 annually.

"As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Lunarline is fully committed to this project, having gone through this particular transition ourselves," said Lunarline CEO, Waylon Krush.

The program includes internships and career placement services with companies in need of cyber security talent. By connecting qualified applicants to established corporate employers, Warrior to Cyber Warrior assists Veterans with each step in the transition to a lifelong career. Warrior to Cyber Warrior is recruiting additional corporate partners in need of cyber security professionals to sponsor Veteran students.

Altran Plans Expansion in India

High-tech engineering consultant Altran plans to significantly expand its India operations in order to tap the domestic market as well as support its global clients.

The Altran group employs 17,000 employees worldwide, and envisions India as a key market in the aerospace, automotive, railway, and energy sectors.

The firm is hoping to employ 2,000 high-technology experts in India by 2014, either through hiring or acquisition.

Altran is the official engineering partner of Solar Impulse, the world's first solar-powered aircraft. It took seven years of studies, simulation, construction and tests to achieve the first solar day-and-night flight in history for 26 hours, 10 minutes and 19 seconds, using no fuel and propelled by solar energy alone.

IT Workers' Salaries Register 6.2 Percent Gain

The average salary for IT workers registered a 6.2-percent gain in Global Knowledge and TechRepublic's fifth annual IT Skills and Salary Survey--the highest increase in the survey's history.

The survey also found that job satisfaction among IT professionals is rebounding from its low point in 2010. Sixty percent of respondents reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their positions, compared to 43 percent in 2011 and 40 percent in 2010.

Individuals who trained in the prior year earned an average of 8.6 percent more than those who did not train. Additionally, 65 percent of respondents reported earning a certification in the past five years. The impact of new skills and certifications was also echoed by managers. The percentage of managers reporting that their staff was more effective or significantly more effective on the job after receiving a certification rose to 50 percent, up from 35 percent in 2011.

As it relates to specific job functions, all areas reported at least modest salary growth. Salaries grew the most for those involved in security, database, data center, and servers and storage, while those working in communications and applications/programming experienced the least amount of growth.

Adding to the good news of this year's higher average salary is the fact that 63 percent of respondents received a raise. The bad news is that the likelihood of receiving a raise varied greatly by salary range. Individuals earning $60,000 or less were much less likely to receive a raise than their colleagues in higher earning brackets.

Average salary varied widely across the country. There was a variance of more than $9,000 between the top paying (Northeast) and the lowest paying (Midwest) regions. When looking at pay by state, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia, and Washington, DC, had the highest average salaries. New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming were the lowest-paying states.

Support Staff Detail Unusual Requests

"Can you help me fix my toilet?" was just one of the unusual requests chief information officers (CIOs) said they or their support staff have received, according to a new Robert Half Technology survey.

The survey was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.

CIOs were asked, "What is the strangest or most unusual request you or a member of your help desk or technical support team has ever received?" Their responses included:

* "How do I clean cat hair out of my computer fan?"
* "How do I remove a sesame seed from the keyboard?"
* "I need help drilling holes in the wall."
* "Can you come over and plug in this cord for me?"
* "I need you to install a video monitoring system."
* "Can I turn on the coffee pot with my computer?"
* "I dropped my phone in the toilet. What should I do?"
* "I want to download software to change an audio file to video."
* "How do I pirate software?" 

Help desk professionals are known for lending a hand even if a request falls outside their job description, but requests to fix the microwave, recommend a good dry cleaner, or find an Elvis video online, went beyond the norm.

"Beyond their entertainment value, these unusual requests demonstrate the strong customer service skills necessary to work in the help desk and technical support fields," said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. "The best IT professionals are composed and empathetic -- and, of course, have a good sense of humor."

Economy Causing Many to Consider Career Changes

More than half of respondents to a global Monster poll are considering making a career switch in response to the current economy, while nearly one-third would consider a move if they could find a better career. Conversely, only 15 percent responded that their career was not impacted by the economy.

“There are many types of career changes, with some people making a career ‘side-step,’ moving into a new kind of role within their current industry, while others may be making a more radical change”

Results indicate a consistent response from workers across Europe, North America, and Asia, where more than half of respondents in these countries are looking to change their career in response to an uncertain economy, by a respective 54 and joint 55 percent. North American regions included US (56 percent), Canada (55 percent) and Mexico (51 percent).

Monster UK respondents were meanwhile overwhelmingly in agreement about considering a switch in their career due to economic troubles, with nearly two-thirds (62 percent) answering yes.

Of those who aren’t already considering a career change, many others are on the fence; one-third of Canadian workers (33 percent) would consider a career change if something better came along, a response closely favored by French (31 percent) and US (30 percent) respondents.

In comparison, there is a significant difference in the responses of workers country to country who answered that the economy is not impacting their career. Just 9 percent of workers polled in the UK answered their career was not impacted, compared to 15 percent of French workers who answered no to the same question.

Companies Join Open Stack Alliance

Nineteen technology companies are joining the foundation for OpenStack, the open source cloud operating system, to provide technical and financial resources in furtherance of the project's long-term viability. In the past five years, OpenStack has celebrated five software releases from hundreds of contributors from more than 50 companies, and the cloud operating system has grown from two core projects to five core projects across computing, storage, and networking.

AT&T, Canonical, HP, IBM, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat, and SUSE have indicated their intent to join the OpenStack Foundation as Platinum members, and Cisco, ClearPath Networks, Cloudscaling, Dell, DreamHost, ITRI, Mirantis, Morphlabs, NetApp, Piston Cloud Computing, and Yahoo! as Gold members.

The OpenStack Foundation will be an independent body providing shared resources to help achieve the OpenStack mission by protecting, empowering, and promoting OpenStack software and the community around it, including users, developers, and the entire ecosystem. The companies involved in its formation are committed to the “OpenStack Way”: an open development process for OpenStack software that is driven by a technical meritocracy, supported by significant investments in community building and a focus on driving adoption.

National Online Cyber Quest Contest Opens

The National Board of Information Security Examiners, through the US Cyber Challenge Initiative, is holding a Cyber Quest competition open to US high school and college students who will compete against their peers for an invitation to one of several summer Cyber Camps.

The Cyber Quest competition features a series of quiz questions based on analysis of a packet capture file which participants will analyze on their own machines, looking for signs of attack and other activity. Participants will have 24 hours from the time they begin the quiz to complete it. Winners will be determined based on who achieves the highest score in the shortest amount of time.

Winners of the Cyber Quest, who are 18 years or older and reside in or go to school in one of the Cyber Camp participating states will then be eligible to attend one of four week-long Cyber Camps being offered across the country in June and August. State-specific camps are being offered in Southern California and Delaware, while regional camps will take place in Northern Virginia and Northern California.

The camps will feature one week of specialized sessions by college faculty, SANS Institute senior instructors and cyber security experts, capped off by a live competition and awards ceremony on the last day. In addition to providing expert training for participants to improve their skills and marketability, the Cyber Camps will also provide students the opportunity to engage with major technology companies and government agencies at onsite job fairs for scholarship, internship and employment opportunities.

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More Mergers for Financial Software Firms

Software targeted to financial firms was one of the most active segments for mergers and acquisitions, according to Berkery Noyes' First Quarter Mergers and Acquisitions Trend Report for the Software Industry. The largest related deal for the quarter was Vista Equity Partners' announced acquisition of Misys, a provider of banking and financial services software solutions, for $2 billion.

UMore than half of financial software deals in Q1 2012 were related to capital markets. According to Berkery Noyes managing director Peter Ognibene, "Big data is increasing the demands on trading, modeling, executing, and portfolio management." Two niche capital markets software transactions--Envestnet's announced acquisition of Tamarac and SEI Investments' announced acquisition of NorthStar Systems International--pertained directly to wealth management.

Cloud computing is continuing to have a significant impact on the enterprise software landscape. Oracle's announced acquisition of Taleo for $1.9 billion was the largest business software transaction in Q1 2012, while Blackbaud's announced acquisition of Convio for $274 million was the 10th largest deal in the software industry.

Symantec Corp.'s announced acquisition of LiveOffice Corp. for $115 million was one of the largest infrastructure software transactions for the quarter. Regarding this segment, transactions with a specific focus on security increased 75 percent over Q4 2011.

"As indicated by Safenet's acquisition of Cryptocard, Alert Logic's acquisition of Armorlogic, and TrustWave's announced acquisition of M86 Security this quarter, there is healthy demand for companies offering cloud based and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) cyber security solutions," said Christopher Young, managing director at Berkery Noyes.

M&A relating to security was responsible for 30 percent of infrastructure software deals in the quarter, compared to 15 percent in Q4 2011. Several of these involved mobile security solutions. For instance, Symantec's acquisition of Nukona and Odyssey Software, the company's two other Q1 2012 deals, focus on security for mobile devices. Twitter's January acquisition of Dasient, a cloud based company that helps avert malware attacks, shows the social networking site is committed to securing its users' data. This comes in the aftermath of Twitter's Q4 2011 acquisition of Whisper Systems, a security software startup for mobile platforms.

Class of 2012 Seeks Higher Salaries

Students are seeking higher salaries for entry-level jobs--and are using social networks such as LinkedIn for job searches, according to a survey by Achievers, an employee rewards and recognition provider, and Experience, a career network.

About 8,000 students across the country were surveyed in order to uncover how to recruit, retain and inspire the incoming workforce.

"The Class of 2012 survey of our database of juniors and seniors revealed the changing fabric of what Millennials are seeking in an entry level position," said Jenny Floren, founder and CEO of Experience. "Since last year's survey, the two most notable trends are the increased amount of students searching jobs on professional networks like LinkedIn and the demand for a higher salary."

In addition:

  • 88 percent plan to apply directly to the company they wish to work for
  • 54 percent believe that career advancement opportunities are more important than salary when looking for work
  • 35 percent plan to utilize LinkedIn as their top social media platform to look for a job
  • 40 percent have an annual salary expectation of $50,000-$75,000 for their first job
  • 47percent plan to stay with their first employer from five to 10 years.

The Class of 2012 study was conducted in February 2012 through an online survey amongst a sample of 7,944 students across the United States. The sample included university students with the majority focus on those who would be graduating in the next one to two years. The source of the sample was drawn after targeting for graduation year from the Experience database of 5.2 million students at 3,800 universities.

Retirement Programs Bigger Lure for Younger Workers

The percentage of younger US workers who say an employer-sponsored retirement program is important for either joining or staying with an employer has jumped sharply in the past two years, especially at employers that still offer a pension plan, according to a survey by global professional services company Towers Watson.

The survey found that among workers below age 40 whose employer offers a defined benefit (DB) pension plan, the percentage who agreed their retirement program was an important factor in accepting their job more than doubled -- from 28 percent in 2009 to 63 percent in 2011. That compares with a nine-percentage-point gain for younger employees at organizations that offer only a defined contribution (DC) plan.

Retirement plans have also become stronger retention tools among younger employees with a DB plan. Nearly three-fourths (72 percent) of these employees cite their retirement plan as a strong incentive to stay with their employer -- nearly double the percentage (37 percent) in 2009, and twice the retention value reported by younger workers whose employers offer only a DC plan.

“Two factors are likely causing this change: The combination of a slow economic recovery and more older employees delaying retirement is making it increasingly difficult for younger employees to find jobs or advance in their careers,” said David Speier, a senior retirement consultant at Towers Watson. “As a result, young workers are clearly giving much more weight toward both employer retirement and health care benefits when making career and employment decisions.”

Videogame Company Seeks Coders Based on Ability Not Education

Videogame maker IGN Entertainment has kicked off its Code-Foo Challenge – a "no resumes allowed" recruitment program aimed at finding coding talent, regardless of educational background, college degree, or experience.

The six-week program gives aspiring coders with a passion for gaming the opportunity to get paid to learn cutting-edge coding languages and work on real engineering projects while being trained by leaders in the industry. Candidates who impress may score a full-time job at IGN. Out of the 75,000 people who reviewed the 2011 application for Code-Foo, IGN selected 30 to participate in the program, and hired eight.

"The average age someone learns to code is 13.4, so why should we care what credentials they have? We want to find people who are passionate about us, and look at their actual work – not their resume," said Roy Bahat, president of IGN.

With Code-Foo, IGN removes traditional barriers to entry – like a lack of degree or a "jagged resume" – a term used by The Rare Find author George Anders. Instead candidates are asked to submit a statement of passion for the company and answer a set of four challenge questions that test their coding ability.

The application deadline for Code-Foo 2012 is 30 April 30. IGN will notify applicants by May 18th if they've made the cut.

Rutgers Launches HPC Center for Big Data

Rutgers has launched a high-performance computing (HPC) center at the university focused on the application of "Big Data" analytics in life sciences, finance, and other industries. The center is aimed at improving the economic competitiveness of New Jersey's public and private research organizations.

The HPC center will be part of the newly created Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) and will utilize supercomputing equipment and software provided by IBM in the project's first phase. Rutgers anticipates future expansion of the center will lead to the university having one of the world's most powerful academic supercomputers.

The institute, powered by an IBM Blue Gene/P supercomputer, has several goals:

  • Creating an HPC resource for industry in New Jersey and the surrounding region
  • Educating the New Jersey workforce and Rutgers students in working with advanced analytics and a state-of-the-art HPC center, and
  • Providing HPC resources to Rutgers faculty members and regional organizations.

The collaboration involving Rutgers and IBM scientists and engineers is expected to extend beyond computer science and engineering, to encompass fields such as cancer and genetic research, medical imaging and informatics, advanced manufacturing, environmental and climate research, and materials science.

"The application of analytics to 'big data' has quickly emerged as the new foundry of the 21st century economy," said Phil Guido, IBM general manager, North America. "IBM is eager to work with Rutgers to help improve New Jersey's economic competitiveness through this center. IBM firmly believes that public-private collaboration and research can be critical in ensuring our workforce is equipped and empowered with next generation skills like analytics."

The IBM Blue Gene supercomputer, housed in the Hill Center for Mathematics on Rutgers' Busch Campus in Piscataway, will be the only supercomputer available to commercial users in the state. Only eight of the nation's 62 scientific computation centers have industrial partnership programs. The two Blue Gene/P racks at Rutgers will be far more powerful than any computer at the university today. "Excalibur" is the name Rutgers has chosen for it, playing off the university's sports mascot, the Scarlet Knight.

Rutgers has agreed to purchase hardware and software from IBM, as well as entering into a three-year maintenance agreement for the equipment. As future funding becomes available, Rutgers expects to add the latest-generation Blue Gene/Q system by the end of the year. Rutgers also envisions building an expanded facility on the Busch campus in 2013 as the system and center grows.

Latin American Companies Lead Cloud Computing Charge

Large companies in Latin America and Asia Pacific are the most aggressive adopters of the cloud computing paradigm, while their European and US counterparts remain conservative about shifting applications to the cloud. A study by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) involving senior managers and corporate IT executives from over 600 large companies across the globe, reveals that while cloud applications are still in the minority of all applications, companies in Latin America and Asia Pacific have a much higher proportion of cloud applications to total applications.

The average Latin American company has almost two fifths (39%) of its total applications in the cloud. Asia Pacific follows closely behind with over a quarter (28%). In contrast, less than one fifth (19%) of the average US company's applications are hosted in the cloud. In Europe, the figure is closer to one tenth (12%).

The findings come from an extensive study conducted by TCS, a leading IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, into the factors driving companies to shift on-premis or put new applications into the cloud and the competitive advantages those applications are generating. According to the study, on average companies in all regions are deriving benefits from cloud. Yet, as the most aggressive adopters of cloud applications, Latin American and Asia Pacific companies also report greater gains.

N Chandrasekaran, CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services, said: "We have reached the inflection point in cloud computing and there is no turning back. Cloud-based applications are already a substantial piece of large corporate IT infrastructure and the early benefits achieved are too substantial to ignore. There is huge scope for growth in both developed and emerging economies and we firmly believe that cloud computing will continue to open up opportunities for companies across many different functions.

The study also reveals that overcoming fear of security risks remains the key to adopting and benefiting from cloud applications. While companies globally admitted this is the biggest challenge to leveraging cloud today, those in the US and Europe remain especially conservative in their approach to cloud adoption for fear of data security breaches. Despite a significant shift to cloud applications, Western companies are also more sensitive about which applications they put in public clouds. Only a fifth (20%) of US and European companies would consider or seriously consider putting their most critical applications in public clouds. Yet two-thirds of US (66%) and almost a half of European companies (48%) would consider putting core applications in private clouds. Companies in Europe and in the US also showed a reluctance to put applications with customer data in the cloud.

Interestingly, customer-facing business functions are garnering the largest share of the cloud application budget. The study reveals that marketing, sales, and services capture at least two fifths of the budget across the four regions, with companies citing the desire to get closer to customers through cloud marketing applications as one example. The early returns on cloud applications are impressive. Companies using cloud applications are increasing the number of standard applications and business processes, reducing cycle times to ramp up IT resources, cutting IT costs, and launching a greater number of new products and processes. In industry terms, healthcare services, automotive and computer hardware are in the lead in leveraging the cloud.

The study also uncovers that cost cutting is not in fact the biggest driver of cloud applications. Indeed while IT cost reduction is an important factor for companies globally, the need to streamline and speed up processes was greater. In the US and Asia-Pacific, companies cited standardization of software applications and business processes as the main driver for shifting on-premis applications to the cloud. In Europe and Latin-America, the ability to ramp systems up or down faster was the motivation.

Indian Companies Employ More US Workers

India-based technology companies have doubled to 280,000 the number of people they directly and indirectly employ in their US operations in the last five years, according to a new study by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM).

The study, "Contribution of Indian Tech Companies to the US Economy," also reaffirms US government figures that show investments from India to the US grew by 90 percent in 2010 from the year before. Trade between India and the US has increased eightfold in the last 20 years, the study says.

"Indian technology firms are deeply committed to the US. Both they and their employees are important contributors in their local communities as well as the country as a whole. The report that we have released is our endeavor to quantify the trends and benefits behind the significant investments India-based IT and BPO firms are making in the U.S.," said Som Mittal, president of NASSCOM.

"The next phase of this partnership will see a continuation and vast expansion of the investments both nations are making in the other. We look forward to a greater engagement in the future, working closely with the US companies to build their growth."

Mobility and Web Apps Are High Priorities

IT budgets are on the rise, with mobility and web apps and aligning IT with business growth top priorities, according to ZDNet and TechRepublic's inaugural IT Priorities 2012 report.

The report found that more than twice as many organizations report increased IT budgets in 2011 as report budget decreases. Some 38.7 percent of organizations say their IT budgets have increased, while just 16.7 percent report lower budgets, and 44.6 percent say their budgets year- on-year were flat. More than 20 percent of organizations report budget increases of more than 10 percent.

The top three IT priorities are improving business process and efficiency (a “top priority” or “major priority” for 69.1% of businesses), aligning IT priorities with business growth (61.1%) and increasing overall productivity with new technologies (59.5%), according to ZDNet.

The larger the business, the more focused they are on lowering IT infrastructure costs. Government organizations are far more intent on cutting overall IT costs (70 percent) than others, the report found.

Mobility and Web apps are a high priority for many IT buyers. There will be a strong focus in 2012 and 2013 on projects to introduce mobile applications, but over the next year web applications have priority.

Infosys Spreads Software Training to Detroit Colleges

Global consulting leader Infosys is offering its renowned software development training program to Wayne County Community College District to help grow Detroit's technology talent pool.

Infosys which runs a Global Education Center,is renowned for its Corporate University. The company will be providing the same sort of training with its Software Engineering Boot Camp in Detroit. The Boot Camp wll be followed by job fair featuring Infosys and other technology companies.

"This partnership is an opportunity to build strong career pathways in an important and fast growing sector of Wayne County's economy," said WCCCD Chancellor Curtis L. Ivery. "We're excited about partnering with a global IT leader such as Infosys and appreciate their generosity in helping provide this training to direct more people into rewarding information technology careers."

The Software Engineering Boot Camp will use methods developed at the Infosys Global Education Center to train entry level software engineers. In order to sustain this initiative, Infosys will enable and support WCCCD trainers to conduct the next few training programs for more participants.

"This program not only provides a pathway to a better life for those that participate in it but provides highly skilled and capable workers to a growing sector of our regional economy," Ivery said. "Win-wins like this are a fundamental part of our mission and we're proud to participate in such a vital program with Infosys."

Report Urges Changes to NASA Aeronautical Research

NASA needs to restart its highly successful flight research program, rather than devote most of its efforts to small-scale research, says a new report from the National Research Council. To accomplish this, the agency should phase out lower-priority aeronautics activities and select two to five programs with the greatest potential, the agency recvommends. The report also urges improved communication and collaboration with key stakeholders in government and industry.

"NASA has the ability to make substantial contributions to aeronautics in the United States for civil, commercial and military projects," explained Wesley Harris, Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and associate provost at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, and chair of the committee that wrote the report. "NASA has made major contributions to aeronautics in recent years, such as helping create the vibrant American unmanned aerial vehicle industry in the 1990s. Unfortunately, there has been no flagship mission to inspire the next generation, and current small-scale research projects that don't take flight do not attract much attention."

NASA's aeronautics program lacks the resources to accomplish the 51 high-priority goals it was urged to pursue in the most recent Research Council decadal survey, the report notes. However, given current budget pressures, NASA appears to be avoiding investments in flight research due to the costs and risks. The loss of flight research capabilities -- which are a vital tool for developing technology, proving and calibrating other research, and convincing industry, regulators, and the public that new inventions in aeronautics are effective and safe -- has hindered progress throughout NASA's aeronautics program. Restoring flight research and accelerating progress will require strategic direction from NASA headquarters, careful leadership, and tough decisions.

In addition to the overwhelming amount of small-scale aeronautics projects at the agency, the report found that NASA has initiated many projects with no clear road map for how they would eventually be tested in the environment in which they would operate. Therefore, once the agency determines its top two to five projects, each should be given a defined path to flight testing that includes details of the vehicle to be used for flight research and ensures that funding will be available for this research stage.

One in Five Candidates Nixed Due to Social Media Profile

Almost one in five technology industry executives say that a candidate’s social media profile has caused them not to hire that person. This is revealed in the 2012 annual technology market survey conducted by Eurocom Worldwide, the Global PR Network, in association with its member agencies around the world.

The annual Eurocom Worldwide study has previously found that almost 40 percent of respondents’ companies check out potential employees’ profiles on social media sites but this is the first evidence that candidates are actually being rejected because of them.

“The 21st century human is learning that every action leaves an indelible digital trail. In the years ahead many of us will be challenged by what we are making public in various social forums today. The fact that one in five applicants disqualify themselves from an interview because of content in the social media sphere is a warning to job seekers and a true indicator of the digital reality we now live in,” said Mads Christensen, Network Director at Eurocom Worldwide.

The Eurocom Worldwide survey this year also reveals that while nearly half (49 percent) of technology executives say that their firm will increase their expenditure on social media in the next 12 months, over half (57 percent) say they are unable to accurately measure the impact of the investment. By contrast, only 23 percent say they can measure it.

Silicon Valley Tech Workers Best Paid in US

Tech workers in California’s Silicon Valley are the best paid in the nation, according to a CyberCoders analysis.

CyberCoders checked out some 3,000 tech jobs and salaries to come up with a list of the top 10 highest paying cities for tech jobs.

On average, tech workers in top-ranked San Jose get paid about $119,000 a year. Workers in San Francisco, No. 2 on the list, get more than $112,000. New York’s “Silicon Alley” came in third with workers netting, on average, about $105,192.

Here’s the full list:

1. San Jose – $119,412

2. San Francisco – $112,739

3. New York – $105,192

4. Washington D.C. – $99,618

5. Boston – $99,099

6. Los Angeles – $96,705

7. Brooklyn – $96,696

8. Philadelphia – $95,929

9. Chicago – $94,899

10. Dallas – $94,799

As overall salaries differ from city to city, so do average salaries for specific positions, according to CyberCoders’ analysis. The average salary for a .NET developer in San Francisco, for instance, is nearly $99,000. Head south a few hundred miles to Los Angeles, and the average pay for the same position is about $87,000.

The higher average salary in the San Francisco Bay Area is a case of supply and demand in a competitive market, CyberCoders CTO Matt Miller said.

“Companies should expect to pay top dollar for a highly competitive talent pool,” he said.

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