Demand for high-tech workers rises
The increase in demand was highest for network managers and support staff, which was 12.7% higher in July than in June and 13.7% higher than in July last year. Demand for software engineers rose 10.2% in July compared with the preceding month.
Demand for high-tech workers in January-July shows a less rosy picture, however. Demand for all types of workers, except for hardware engineers, fell 3.2% compared with the corresponding period of 2007.
Demand for high-tech managers was 8.1% lower in July than in June, possibly indicating that the US slowdown and the shekel's appreciation against the dollar is beginning to affect Israel's high-tech industry.
MIT's figures also indicate the professions in highest demand. Among executives and mid-level managers, the professions in highest demand are systems engineers, who earn NIS 22,000-28,000 a month, and project managers, who earn NIS 22,000-27,000. The professions most in demand at lower levels are C++ programmers, who earn NIS 18,000-25,000, and real-time programmers, who earn NIS 21,000-26,000.
The monthly MIT survey is based on help-wanted ads in leading daily newspapers. The survey, which has been published since 2002, provides an indication of high-tech employment trends. The figures should be treated with caution, however, because in contrast to other industries, high tech publishes help-wanted ads in all media forms. While companies publish ads in the print media, most employees are recruited via other channels, including companies' websites, job fairs, friend-bringing-friends, and even word of mouth.