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The Technologies Demand in Toronto July-September 2015

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Do you know where to find the talent that will drive your business and meet your company objectives?

Randstad Canada's National Demand Guide shows you where the greatest supply of skilled and experienced engineers and technology experts are in highest demand and where there is a greater supply of their skills and expertise. Here is a snapshot of the technologies demand in Toronto from July to September 2015.

If you are planning to grow your team, this market insight will provide you with a good understanding of the markets across Canada. Find out more about what talent is hot, who’s hiring and where the most opportunities are.

Download the National Demand Guide

Tags: Technologies

The Technologies Demand in Montreal, July-September 2015

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Do you know where to find the talent that will drive your business and meet your company objectives?

Randstad Canada's National Demand Guide shows you where the greatest supply of skilled and experienced engineers and technology experts are in highest demand and where there is a greater supply of their skills and expertise. Here is a snapshot of the technologies demand in Montreal from July to September 2015.

If you are planning to grow your team, this market insight will provide you with a good understanding of the markets across Canada. Find out more about what talent is hot, who’s hiring and where the most opportunities are.

Download the National Demand Guide

Tags: Technologies

The Engineering Demand in Quebec, July-September 2015

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Do you know where to find the talent that will drive your business and meet your company objectives?

Randstad Canada's National Demand Guide shows you where the greatest supply of skilled and experienced engineers and technology experts are in highest demand and where there is a greater supply of their skills and expertise. Here is a snapshot of the engineering demand in Quebec from July to September 2015.

If you are planning to grow your team, this market insight will provide you with a good understanding of the markets across Canada. Find out more about what talent is hot, who’s hiring and where the most opportunities are.

Download the National Demand Guide

Tags: Technologies

The Technologies Demand in Calgary, July-September 2015

Posted by Alex Schmaltz on Tue, Nov 03, 2015 @ 11:02 AM

Do you know where to find the talent that will drive your business and meet your company objectives?

Randstad Canada's National Demand Guide shows you where the greatest supply of skilled and experienced engineers and technology experts are in highest demand and where there is a greater supply of their skills and expertise. Here is a snapshot of the Technologies demand in Calgary from July to September 2015.

If you are planning to grow your team, this market insight will provide you with a good understanding of the markets across Canada. Find out more about what talent is hot, who’s hiring and where the most opportunities are.

Download the National Demand Guide

Tags: Technologies

5 Creative Hiring Tactics for IT

Posted by James Rubec on Fri, Feb 27, 2015 @ 10:56 AM

5 Creative Hiring Tactics for IT

If you have a smart phone, a TV, a thermostat or even a field full of cows, developers and IT professionals are connecting you to the world. Recruiting these talented team members can be a challenge, here are 5 Creative hiring Tactics for IT. 

psg-general-cover.en1. Hiring young: Generation Y has already entered the workforce in a real way, their skills are competitive, but their experience may not be where you need them to be fully productive. There are members of Gen Y who are running start-ups successfully, they are being promoted to senior ranks within teams – this year give them a shot or you’ll lose out on the leaders not just of tomorrow but may be today. 

Generation Z, is younger but they are in some cases midway through their undergraduate programs. If you haven’t started talent marketing to this group you might already be behind the Grade 8-Ball. You don’t need an Instagram account to attract either generation Y or Z, recent research conducted by Randstad Canada has found that both groups are attracted by community engagement. Promote your Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, announce large hirings through the media and raise your profile with two generations at the same time.

2. Use contractors and contingent labour: While you need to build internal teams to help deliver this year’s business solutions, onboarding team members won’t solve immediate burning issues. There is an opportunity cost to not deploying new tools, or systems that improve efficiencies today. Contractors, or a contingent labour solution, can work with your team and immediately deliver on projects that can set up new hires for success this year.

Are you making enough? Find out with Randstad Technologies Compensation Survey.

3. Retention and promotion of women: There is a talent crisis in IT, and it is in how few women stay in their positions over the long term, with fewer female leaders in positions to act as sponsors or as powerful voices who can bring more women into the ranks – IT and Technical services have some of the lowest levels of female directorships outside of the natural resources industry

This can be a chicken and the egg problem, if an industry has few women in it, it is perceived as unattractive to women and fewer women apply to roles. There are still challenges, if are looking to fill a position for senior IT manager with 10-years of experience the reality is that there just weren’t that many women enrolling in IT programs in 1998 who can apply for that job. This year, break that cycle in 2012/2013, women represented more than half of the working population and as many as 25.5% of graduates from programs in IT are women . Bring them into your company now and support them as they grow – over time that will improve your employer brand and make you a more attractive employer.


group-24. Offsite teams: In IT, there are many roles that can be done offsite. You can have a development team working on projects in Calgary, when your head office in Toronto. This can help you in a couple of ways. One, it lets you manage the costs of your employees more effectively, knowing that some markets have lower rates than others and two, it can increase the hours of your team’s response and capacity with multiple team members in a variety of time zones. This flexibility means that if one team is bogged down in a weather emergency the whole team isn’t impacted.

5. Redundancy: Many managers are forced by budgets to run programming with a tight ship, but there is a strong argument in having redundancy built into your team structure. Hiring an extra team member gives your team some breathing room on productivity; it can improve the team cohesion, reduce stress and if a team member leaves unexpectedly you’ll have the added work capacity not reduce total output.

One greatest key to success in the talent war and in employer branding is competitive salary and benefits as found in Randstad Canada employer branding research in the Randstad Award. Make the best offers to your star candidates and be ready for your teams’ performance reviews with up to date information on what candidates are looking for today.

Want more insights in your market or for your job hunt? Download the 2015 Randstad Technologies Compensation Guide.

Tags: Technologies, TECH recruiters, IT recruitment

5 Careers that are Defining IT and Finance

Posted by James Rubec on Tue, Feb 03, 2015 @ 09:51 AM

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Who are in most demand, why are they needed so badly and where can they make the most money? 

For IT professionals looking for work, Fort McMurray, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta offer the highest average salaries across the board, while roles in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Moncton, New Brunswick, Winnipeg, Manitoba and Niagara Falls, Ontario offer some of the lowest.

Today’s IT professionals do more than debug programs and solve network problems – they are making money for business teams and delivering the best customer experiences imaginable for financial intuitions. Here are the five roles that are shaping IT and Finance today.

Application Developers

iphone-cellphoneWhat do they do? Using code and APIs to build powerful tools that we use to do everything from book plane tickets, track weight loss, read books or download movies. Everything you do on your phone was built by an application developer. Soon everything you do on your TV will be to. Applications are the cutlery of our digital lives. In finance the mobile tools customers use to make transfers or deposit cheques have been the creations of project teams of mobile developers.

Why are they so valuable? A good developer can reduce the time it takes to build an application – faster, leaner, development costs less and makes companies more money That takes a level of ingenuity and skill – that’s worth a lot of money.

Are you looking for more information on salaries for your IT team or to help you make a career move? Request a copy of Randstad Canada’s salary guide today.

 

Senior Digital Project Managers

on-time-fastWhat do they do? An experience project manager will take on a large digital project and see it through to completion. Projects can be big and small but when a company is hiring a digital project manager it usually involves an owned asset website, or digital product. This can range from the development of a new site, the programming, server resources, art and copy requirements and consultation with stakeholders all play in the realm of the project manager’s role. In finance a project manager may take bring a new credit product to market, allowing users to transfer online from one product to another.

Why are they so valuable? A good senior project manager brings a system to complete project with them. They often have relationships with vendors or experience in negotiations that make everyone’s life better. With a strong project manager on a big project time and money can be saved, as well as reputations and stress.

Data architects

DATA_arcWhat do they do? Big Data didn’t get big on its own – it took Data Architects to build the systems to collect, sort and manager all of the information that we’re looking to understand. When you are asking for more information on anything, a data architect will work on building the method of collection and the storage of that data – they’ll also have a hand in designing the tools to read and interpret this information or plug it into other systems that do this for you. Managing everyone’s transaction records is a lot of data, a data architect built the system that allows that to work effectively.

Why are they so valuable? a well-built data set can be read faster – this affects everything from financial transactions to search results. Just as a well design application saves money – a well-built data structure can be accessed by applications and other tools more efficiently. Data architects build systems that allow data to be sorted intelligently, often autonomously, so if you are looking to collect more information from the world wide web, or anywhere where a lot of information may be coming at you, you should speak with a data architect.

Data and business analysts

Data_AnalystWhat do they do? With architects collecting and storing all of our data, we still need people to read it and gain value from it. Data and business analysts work with the data that companies and governments collect. They do this for hundreds or reasons; to find efficiencies, track demographics, solve crimes, save lives and track weather patterns. Analysts have experience not only working with data, but in the industries they specialize. A business analyst might have five years working in oil and gas, allowing them to not only understand the data they are reading, but provide context to those numbers that are important to business leaders.

Why are they so valuable? There are so many uses for data these days that being proficient in working with it is in high demand. Companies want results and answers from their data – analysts who can deliver those with confidence and the science and numbers to back them up are prized.

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UI / UX Designer

UX-UIWhat do they do? Sitting on top of the applications we use and the tools we love are systems that allow us to use them – the user interface, or UI, even deeper, is the overall user experience or UX of a program. UI and UX designers make life livable in the digital world – allowing us to find the menus, search bars, numbers and check out buttons on our websites – or providing the swipable, three finger taps and enlarging motions of our tablets and phones. Without designers skilled in these art forms our tablets wouldn’t be much more than the Etch Sketches.

Why are they so valuable? Companies and brands are pushing the boundaries of the digital world to the retail experience. UX and UI designers are also building out how we experience our world, as more digital tools are found in our day to day lives – from the self-checkout counter at a grocery store, to how we hail a cab or check in at an airport – the user interface that we use to do this and to live out our lives are managed by these designers.

 

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Tags: Women in Tech, Toronto, Technologies