Internet companies lead high-tech job recovery
"The high-tech job market had a tough year, but we're sensing a recovery toward the end of the year. We'll probably see the recovery continue into the beginning of 2010, mainly thanks to strong demand for workers in various Internet fields," says Nisha Group says CEO Paule Tzuker.
JobInfo CEO Ilana Achimeir pointed to a turnaround in the sense that during the crisis, people stuck to their jobs and didn’t go looking, but, "During the fourth quarter, people began looking for alternative jobs and other salary offers. This is a sign that the job market is reviving."
High-tech job recruitment was 20% higher in the second half than in the first half, and it was up 7% in the nearly ended fourth quarter, compared with the third quarter.
Demand for software workers was 9% higher in the fourth quarter than in the third quarter, 16% higher compared with the first quarter, and 30% higher than in the corresponding quarter of 2008. According to IVC Online, software start-ups attracted 21% of total venture capital investment in the third quarter, compared with 19% in the corresponding quarter of 2008. However, only 10% of software companies had revenue growth.
Strongest demand in software is for experienced engineers in QA, C++, Real Time, and Java. The average salary in the software sector rose by 4% during 2009.
According to JobInfor, demand for Internet employees rose by 31% during 2009, and was 49% higher in the fourth quarter compared with the preceding quarter.
According to IVC Online, most start-ups founded in 2009 were Internet companies- about 100, as were most of the start-ups that closed - about 40. Only ten Internet companies saw revenue increase during 2009.
Salaries in the Internet sector are still falling, with the exception of web developers - and then only slightly
According to JobInfo, cleantech companies continue to raise capital and investing in product development, but few Israeli companies have production or sales. However, the industry has investors' confidence, and it was therefore less affected by the economic crisis. Job recruitment by companies has always been on an immediate needs basis, and they continued hiring throughout 2009. Solar and other renewable energy companies mainly hired environmental and machine engineers.
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