Minnesota IT Jobs And Unemployment Q1 ‘15

Q4 ’14 I held a number of roundtables with Minnesota Recruiter and HR colleagues to talk about recruiting, IT jobs and salary statistics. I do this every Q4 and it allows us to share information, confirm and/or question what we see going on from our corner of the community.

Last year most of the discussions were held in mid-December and a few of us mentioned that it seemed that a lot of IT pros were moving around to new companies or going on their own as consultants.

Some said they did not see it.

As 2015 has progressed many Minnesota Recruiter and HR colleagues have been talking about it. “Churn” is a word many of us are using and most say that it started around December 1st.

And we are seeing more of it.

At MinneBar 10 (April ’15) it was very noticeable when talking to Developers. Quite a few had made a move since December 1 ’14 and more were talking about doing it this spring.

Dice has an analysis with BLS (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) numbers and they show an uptick in the number of “Voluntary Quits” in Q1 2015 from Q4 2014:

Average Quits In IT

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minnedemo 19 Will Have 7 Demos Including ToggleGreen

While prepping to write this I went to the minne* web site and on the wiki at the time was this:

Paul DeBettignies, Minnesota Headhunter, Minnesota Recruiter

I learned a few minnebar’s ago to bring a power strip. Not only do I always have my devices charged… I for a short time become a few folks best friend.

minnedemo 19 is next week (Feb 5th) with 7 groups presenting including my friends at ToggleGreen (@ToggleGreen). See this post from last month:

ToggleGreen Adds Paul DeBettignies To Its Advisory Board

I posted this photo a couple of weeks ago and said it was a late Sunday night at ToggleGreen working on a product demo:

ToggleGreen, Minnesota StartUp

I guess that was sort of true… the product demo we were working on was the video submittal for minnedemo. Clearly we did OK.

Besides ToggleGreen here is who is presenting:

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Web Developer - Content Management System | Minnesota IT Jobs

Full Time Minnesota IT Job

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Are you a Web Develop who wants to work with talented architects and a proven group of founders with many years of experience in the tech and startup space and clients that include Google, Twitter and Facebook?

SportsData, LLC is a 5+ year old 50+ employee software company that is like a startup with the stability of a well established parent company.

We are growing at a fast rate. Check out part of the build out on our new 22,000 sf ft office we are moving in Q1 2015:

SportsData New Office

Speaking of growth, here is a recent article

Sports-tech company SportsData hits growth spurt after sale, heads for new HQ

If you are into technology and data (sports is a plus but only to the level of armchair QB) and like to find creative ways to use technology to fix problems this is something you should check out.

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Project Manager - Agile | Minnesota IT Jobs

Full Time Minnesota IT Job

SportsData logo

Are you a Project Manager who wants to work with talented architects, developers and a proven group of founders with many years of experience in the tech and startup space and clients that include Google, Twitter and Facebook?

SportsData, LLC is a 5+ year old 50+ employee software company that is like a startup with the stability of a well established parent company.

We are growing at a fast rate. Check out part of the buildout on our new 22,000 sf ft office we are moving in Q1 2015:

SportsData New Office

Speaking of growth, here is a recent article

Sports-tech company SportsData hits growth spurt after sale, heads for new HQ

If you are into technology and data (sports is a plus but only to the level of armchair QB) and like to find creative ways to use technology to fix problems this is something you should check out.

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Minnesota Startup ToggleGreen Seeking A UX Designer

Who do you know who is a freelance Designer looking for nights and weekend work for equity in a startup that could, if interested, turn into a full time role?

I am on the Advisory Board of ToggleGreen and we are looking for a Designer.

We have about 30 hours of work from now (Dec 15th) until Jan 1st and another 50 or so hours through January.

We don’t have a formal job description:

-No hand holding
-assertive, confident
-warp speed ramp up/onboarding
-flexible and a great communicator

This will have 30 hours of design work by the 1st. Most of the assets are done. We have a basic style guide and brand folder. We use JIRA for our PM tool, hipchat for communication. Expectation is to respond within 24 hours, and give a 24 hour heads up if an asset cannot be done by deadline. We are anti scope creep. Anything assigned has to be done through JIRA with at least a 24 hour heads up.

Lastly, for the right person they can have the keys to the UX kingdom. We'd prefer a long term UX lead/designer/director, etc.

I know what you are thinking… really, a startup? And for equity?

Check out this post from a month ago about why I am involved:

ToggleGreen Adds Paul DeBettignies To Its Advisory Board

So yeah, I am serious.

Send me an email paul@mnheadhunter.com

 

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Senior Backend Software Engineer

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2014 has been a busy year for HomeSpotter (fka Mobile Realty Apps) including this fall moving into larger office space in the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, participating in Twin Cities StartupWeek and a feature in the Minneapolis StarTribune (click) House hunting gets mobile. Here are a couple of photos from our open house in September:

Minnesota IT Jobs, HomeSpotter Open House Minnesota IT Jobs, HomeSpotter Open House

And this is Aaron Kardell, CEO, talking with Steve Case and Senator Klobuchar during Rise of the Rest events:

Minnesota IT Jobs, HomeSpotter CEO Aaron Kardell with Steve Case and Senator Klobuchar

Our team is up to 30 and we are now looking for a Senior Backend Software Engineer.

Job Description …

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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:

paul@mnheadhunter.com

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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Debut: Minnesota IT Job Board

I did it!!!

If you are a friend of mine or have had a conversation with me about Minnesota IT jobs or recruiting in Minnesota in the last say… five years, you have likely heard me say something like:

“(rant) I should just start posting jobs and help spread the word”

Well… check this one off the “to do” list:

is live.

About time, right?

For now I am going to host it here as an extra page on Minnesota Headhunter until I know it has some traction and yes, I have a bunch of appropriate domain names. I’ve had them for many, many years.

The page is still a work in progress but I want to put it out there now so I don’t sit on it for another few weeks.

I do have the first 10 jobs posted.

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