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Tech jobs seekers play safe

April 16, 2008. Globes: Shahar Zadok

Only one start-up is among the top ten preferred employers - headed again by Google.

Which company would high-tech employees seize the opportunity to join, if given the choice? A survey by placement agency JobInfo Ltd. on behalf of "Globes" reveals that topping ratings for the second year running was global Internet search technology giant Google. In second place, way behind Google, was global software giant Microsoft, followed in third place by computer processor manufacturer Intel.

The survey by JobInfo, which specializes in placements for the high-tech sector, encompassed 500 people, all of whom are currently looking for work. The question they were asked was: Regardless of your profession, which company, in your view, would be the most attractive to work for?

The survey revealed a number of interesting points. First, the top ten companies include two that are not classic high-tech companies even though they employ a lot of high-tech professionals - Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) in fifth place , and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Nasdaq: TEVA; TASE: TEVA), in sixth place.

The survey also revealed that working for start-ups no longer appeals to people. High-tech employees no longer consider start-ups their first option, and in fact, there is only one new start-up among the 20 companies featured in the survey - Modu Ltd., founded last year by Dov Moran.

Worthy of note is the fact that Google Israel employs just 100 people, which means that very few applicants are accepted by the company, which is maintaining its current staffing levels for the time being. The fact that getting accepted at Google is difficult coupled with the extensive media coverage it has enjoys, has reinforced its image as a "high-tech elite."

The survey found that global companies are the most popular, with just three Israeli companies in the top ten, of which two are not classic high-tech (Teva and IEC), and one is only half Israeli (Amdocs (NYSE: DOX).

As to the effect the global recession could have on recruitment this year, Jobinfo Ilana Achimeir said, "The first quarter of the year began with statements about recession, and a lot of companies, mostly American, stopped hiring people until they knew where they stood. This trend lasted until early February, and there has been no letup in hiring ever since. We're even seeing a surge in hiring today, mainly of engineers."

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