Social Media Salaries: Summer 2014

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Leading up to and following my Personal Branding Balancing Act: A Look Behind The Curtain at Social Media Breakfast Minneapolis St Paul I had a number of inquiries about salaries in the Social Media space.

While well versed on Minnesota IT salaries I only had estimates on Social Media jobs.

Thankfully it turns out I was in the ballpark. has data from PayScale and posted it here with 10 Top Jobs by Salary for Social Media Pros.

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IT Career Advice: Managing Your IT Career (video)

Minnesota Recruiter, Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota IT Jobs, Paul DeBettignies

Videos from MinneBar 9 are posted including my “Managing Your IT Career v6 - (Why do recruiters suck so bad?)”.

We had a fun conversation and I only had one slide with a few bullet points I wanted to talk about:

  • I have an affliction
  • Why do recruiters suck
  • Hot IT skills
  • Jobs scene
  • Economy
  • Negotiate $5 an hour ($10K a year)
  • LinkedIn – Friend and Foe
  • No Ninjas

Besides my points we covered other topics including:

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3 Minnesota Companies Listed In 2014 Computerworld 100 Best Places To Work In IT

ComputerWorld 2014 100 Best Places To Work In IT

Conputerworld has released it’s 100 Best Places To Work In IT and once again 3 Minnesota companies make the list.

And once again it is the same 3 companies: General Mills, Medtronic and Securian Financial Group.

How they made the list:

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Survey: Top 40 Most Searched IT Skills Spring 2014

Dice Most Desired Skills Developers

Whether I am talking with a Recruiter or HR pro, IT developer or CIO the most frequently asked question is:

What are the hot skills?

My Recruiter and HR friends are usually asking so they can figure out if they suck at recruiting or if the demand/competition is as intense as they think.

Developers are asking to know if they should be raising their rates/salaries and/or where the market is going with technology.

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Minnesota IT Jobs, Salary and Recruiting Report Summer 2014

With the annual spring 2014 tech, recruiter and HR conferences over and A LOT of “War for Talent” and “Skills Shortages” conversations over the past weeks and months I decided this is a good time to sit down and put together a “what’s going on”  and "ewhat's next" with Minnesota IT jobs, salaries and recruiting.

This is my perspective from working with and recruiting for startups and tech companies and conversations with large companies about their recruiting strategies.

This gives me a unique view of the tech community.

I put together a summary of all of that info, added in a bunch of reference points from national IT job and salary surveys and put it on YouTube.

If you want a copy of the slide deck send me an email:

Here is the agenda I used:

  • Intro
  • Upcoming events
  • What’s going on in MN
  • Recruiters in demand
  • Job and Skills info
  • Salary info
  • Recruiting
  • Conclusion

If you are a startup CEO, in HR or a corporate recruiter, tech manager or CIO, coordinate a tech group or are an IT professional (did I leave anyone out?) and have questions, thoughts or comments send me an email.

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How Much Do Recruiters Make?

A few weeks ago I posted and received a number of email from search firm owners and recruiters wondering about salary and bonus plans.

I had some basic information and it turns out… my numbers were high. At least when compared to the Bullhorn Money Talks: The 2014 Compensation Report (free - registration required).

Maybe my Minnesota colleagues make more… or maybe they are fudging, I don’t know. A little bit of both is my guess.

There is a bunch of good information that search firm owners, search firm recruiters and sales pros will want to see including average salaries by:

  • Size of firm

  • Industry recruited

  • Temp vs contract vs contingent vs retained

Here is the Average Compensation By Role for all respondents (other numbers are higher):

How Much Do Recruiters Make, Average Search Firm Compensation

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Survey: 4 Minnesota Companies Listed In Top 50 Best Employers in America

Business Insider used the Fortune 500 and info from Payscale to create 50 Best Employers In America.

Of those 50… 4 are Minnesota Companies (19 are on the Fortune 500):

#30 Xcel Energy

Headquartered in Minneapolis, this electricity and gas company has 12,000 employees.

Employees report high rates of work-schedule flexibility (85%) and job satisfaction (79%).

Median pay is $80,600 after five years and high compared to industry peers.

#31 St Jude Medical

Headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., this medical-device company has 16,000 employees. It jumped seven places since last year's ranking.

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Survey: 10 Best And Worst Jobs Of 2014

CareerCast has ranked 200 jobs from best to worst for 2014 based on Environment (emotional and physical), Income (growth potential), Outlook (employment growth and unemployment) and Stress.

Not surprising… STEM jobs rank high.

Note: Recruiter is #78

Here is what they came up with:

2014 Top 10 Jobs:

1 Mathematician

2 University Professor (Tenured)

3 Statistician

4 Actuary

5 Audiologist

6 Dental Hygienist

7 Software Engineer

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Minnesota Recruiter Contract Rates Spring 2014

As recruiting gets more and more competitive in Minneapolis the number of inquiries I am receiving that sound like:

Hey Paul, you know any available IT contract recruiters?

How much is a contract recruiter going to cost me?

Do I know any available IT contract recruiters?

No. They are all working.

How much?

That depends.

I asked a bunch of friends what they are seeing for rates and it mostly jived with what I have been seeing.

I also sent an email to Adam Sprecher, Managing Director at SALO. Adam is my “go to guy” when I am looking for trends, news, salaries and in general “what is going on” in Minneapolis kind of stuff.

What I sent him is in plain text and his reply in bold:

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Survey: IT Leads Q4 2013 Hiring Forecast And Hot Jobs List

Careerbuilder has their Q4 2013 U.S. Job Forecast (link to their PDF) focusing on full-time, permanent jobs.

Industries hiring more than the national average:

  • 36% Information Technology
  • 32% Financial Services
  • 30% Manufacturing

That IT leads on the survey should be no surprise to anyone.

More highlights from the survey:

Q3 2013 full time, permanent hiring:

  • 28% added (32% 2012)
  • 11% decreased (12% 2012)
  • 60% made no change
  • 1% were unsure (or what I like to call clueless)

Q4 2013

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