Florida ranks third nationally in information technology companies and jobs behind only California and Texas, according to a report Monday by InfoWorld, an industry magazine. “Though best-known for a certain mouse and associated tourist attractions, Florida’s also becoming a technology hot spot,” the magazine recently reported.
PROTECH’S recent survey was the topic of a Sun Sentinel article published on May 2, 2013. According to the survey, 85% of workers would consider leaving their employer in the 2013 survey.
By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel
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.
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
Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The PROTECH report involved two surveys of 700 IT executives (from the director to chief information officer level) and more than 15,000 IT technical professions in South Florida. PROTECH is a Boca Raton based IT employee search and staffing firm.
The point of the program was aptly summarized by Deborah Vazquez, CEO of Protech and co-chairman of the South Florida Technology Alliance: “After this program, I think you will all realize that South Florida has earned its reputation as a technology hub.”
PROTECH CEO, Deborah Vazquez, was quoted in an article by the South Florida Business Journal “Google deal gives Motorola Mobility’s Plantation operations deep pockets.”
BOCA RATON, Fla. – According to two just-released surveys by Boca Raton-Information Technology (IT) search and staffing specialist, PROTECH, there is much stronger economic outlook among IT executives and tech talent in the region.
An annual survey of information technology executives at South Florida companies by Boca Raton-based staffing agency ProTech found stronger demand for information technology workers now than a year ago.