Monday, July 06, 2009
Boston Market | July 2009
More employers are expected to hire full-time staff in the third quarter than fire workers according to one recent job survey.
Listed below are the trends for the past three quarters.
Plan to increase the number of full-time employees:
- third quarter | 15% (expectation)
- second quarter | 18%
- first quarter | 13%
Plan to reduce the number of full-time employees:
- third quarter | 10% (expectation)
- second quarter 17%
- first quarter | 26%
So, job losses are expected to slow, but job creation is not expected to grow. According to the survey,
". . . we're not likely to experience significant movement in job creation in 2009. Jobs will be added, but overall, businesses will continue to be conservative in their hiring and maintain focus on existing human capital."
Q3 2009 U.S. Job Forecast
Job growth in the Northeast is expected to be higher in the third quarter than any other region of the United States, except for the South. Eighteen percent of employers in the Northeast are expected to add full-time staff vs. 15 percent nationally. Four job sectors are fueling hiring in the Northeast:
The quarterly survey, conducted in late May and early June, polled more than 2,600 hiring managers and human resource professionals. A press release of the Q3 2009 U.S. Job Forecast is available for review. For a more detailed summary of the findings, conducted jointly by CareerBuilder and USA Today, download a free six-page report.
Boston Technology Market
Overcast or rainy skies hovered over Boston for 22 out of 30 days in June (source). Rain makes things grow and apparently the Boston technology job market was one beneficiary.
A review of the Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston reveals that 11 of the top 12 technologies experienced increases in job listings since early June. Job postings for workers who can demonstrate proficiency in these technologies are up an impressive 22 percent in the past 30 days.
In general, Boston area employers are looking for technical expertise in the following skill areas:
- Web Services 56%
- C# 43%
- ASP.NET 41%
- SQL Server 29%
One simple training opportunity for July would be to learn more about Web Services. W3Schools.com offers a FREE introductory Web Services Tutorial.
A complete listing of the Top 20 Web Technologies in Boston appears in the right-hand column along with links to local job postings.
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