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Increase in hi-tech jobs recorded in 2006

February 6, 2007. Ynet: Avi Shauli

A 20 percent increase was recorded in hi-tech recruitments in 2006, and salaries in the field increased by 7-30 percent, reveals a 2006 summary of the internet site Jobinfo, specializing in consulting and recruiting engineers and programmers for hi-tech companies.

According to the analysis the job pages in newspapers are full again and many companies have re-launched the Bring-a-Friend referral scheme.

The significant trends are: An 11 percent increase in openings for software engineers, in particular Java engineers (38 percent); an increase in available real-time jobs (25 percent) and C++ (17 percent). The hardware field has significant demand for VLSI specialists with a 19 percent increase compared to 2005.

Other noteworthy changes were in opportunities for software engineers in Linux environments due to the growing trend among companies to develop software systems for the operating systems and because of the rising importance of open code in general and Linux in particular, and the internet, that has had a 'reawakening', and a 35 percent increase in job offerings was recorded.

According to Jobinfo, the demand for operations, acquisitions and finance experts continued to rise in 2006 compared to 2005. Another increase has been noted in demand for hi-tech workers in the north of Israel and the motivation of hi-tech employees to relocate to the north, regardless of the war in the summer of 2006.

Another trend recorded is the increase in demand for university graduates in technological disciplines, with 30 percent more vacancies. The jobs offered for the graduates in 2006 are more varied than they used to be. Whereas in the past most students and recent graduates could find jobs only in QA, in 2006 they were also offered jobs in development.

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