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PROTECH CEO, Deborah Vazquez, to be Featured Panelist on Upcoming SFTA Discussion on “Attracting, Retaining and Developing Tech Talent”

Employers and IT Professionals are encouraged to attend upcoming panel discussion featuring South Florida Tech Workforce Thought Leaders.

Boca Raton, FL. South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is inviting the technology community to attend their upcoming panel discussion “Attracting, Retaining and Developing Tech Talent.” The event will take place starting at 5 pm on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Broward College, Davie Campus. The panel will feature Aric Agmon, CEO of AOD Software; Troy Michels, CTO of Sentry Data Systems; Deborah Vazquez, CEO of PROTECH; and Michael McLaughlin, Director, Talent Acquisition & Compliance of NextEra Energy. The main focus of the panel discussion will be addressing the challenges and solutions for attracting and retaining top tech talent. The panel will be moderated by Marcia Heroux Pounds, Business Writer for the Sun Sentinel, and is sponsored by FPL FiberNet, TriNet and Sentry Data Systems.

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Tech salaries, jobs on rise

By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel

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April 17, 2012

Technology professionals are in the driver’s seat again when it comes to jobs and salaries, a new survey indicates.

South Florida employers are concerned about losing their employees with tech skills, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 tri-county technology workers by ProTech, a Boca Raton staffing company.

For tech workers, salary is the top motivator, said Deborah Vazquez, chief executive of ProTech. “We’re in a market now where candidates have multiple job offers,” she said.

Employees received an average 2011 pay increase of 3.5 percent, up from the 2 percent they received in 2010, according to the survey.

Forty-six percent of technology professionals say they have “seriously considered” moving out of Florida, down from 55 percent in 2011, according to ProTech’s survey.

Vazquez said employers are hiring to update their websites and develop projects they have had on the back burner during the recession. Forty-two percent of technology companies said they plan to increase staff this year, up from 13 percent in 2011.

The best perks are flextime and telecommuting, according to workers who responded to the survey.

Gary Henning, Florida district president for staffing firm Robert Half International, said the demand for IT workers is increasing salaries, both for new and existing employees. Employers are recognizing they “better bring their salaries up or people are going to entertain other offers,” he said.

Tech workers also want to be involved in work that is “cutting edge,” he said.

Programmers, security analysts and administrators who maintain company databases are in high demand, the staffing firms say., 56-243-6650

Here are average annual salaries for selected technology jobs in South Florida, according to ProTech:

Database administrator: $101,250

Web developer: $90,000

Security analyst: $80,500

Help desk manager: $92,500

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