Has COVID-19 Had an Impact on Tech Jobs? Part 1

Posted by Kelly Grant, TCC Senior Technical Recruiter

Remember January 2020? Unemployment was 3.1% in Indiana (https://calendar.in.gov/site/dwd/event/january-indiana-employment-report-3/)

and tech companies were hiring like crazy. Then the COVID-19 lockdown started, and it feels like our world has been turned upside down.

Has there been a significant impact on hiring in the tech industry? Dice’s Q1Tech Job Report this year focuses on Q1 2020 data to look at the effect of the outbreak on the tech industry so far.

http://marketing.dice.com/pdf/2020/Dice_Q1_Tech_Job_Report.pdf

The report broke out the job posting data into four sets to make it easier to see the impact on different locations, roles and skill sets, as well as a comparison of Q1 2019 to Q1 2020.

The first set of data we will compare is year-over-year job posting volume. The report indicates that overall Q1 2020 saw a significant increase over Q1 2019. There was a dip in volume in April, but overall, it appears that the tech industry is more insulated from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic than some other industries.

Next the report compared location data for job postings. Every state experienced growth in Q1 2020 compared to Q2 2020. However, the report notes that due to the variance in when states enforced a “stay at home” mandate, the data shows a lot of variability at the state and city level. For instance, Virginia saw a 15% increase in job postings from February to March, while Alabama saw a 19% decrease.

At the city level, 19 out of the 25 featured cities showed an increase in job posting from February to March. Raleigh, NC had a 28% increase at the top of the range and Boston, MA showed a 6% decrease.

This variance may be explained by the types of companies doing business in each location. For instance, Arlington, VA had a 20% increase in job postings and hosts a high volume of defense and federal government contractors. Southern California cities such as San Diego and Los Angeles also had growth of 23% and 9% respectively, with businesses such as Booz Allen Hamilton and Qualcomm hiring. Silicon Valley hosts a number of companies that produce products and services for remote workers, and this is reflected in the increase in postings of 13% in San Francisco and 12% in San Jose.

The report notes that the increase in posting growth from February to March is in part due to the demand for technology professionals who can provide products that promote social distancing and remote work, such as e-commerce portals and cloud architecture.

The data for early April indicates slightly less hiring overall, but these numbers will require monitoring over the coming weeks to determine if this is a short-term fluctuation or a long-term trend.

In the next post, we will look at the data in this report for different types of employers.

For more information on hiring at TCC please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/open-positions.

 

 

TCC Seeks a Senior Software Developer

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior Technical Recruiter

The Senior Software Developer is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing and directing other technical resources.

Responsibilities
• Deploy software in a well-planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Assist with coordination and directing documentation and testing personnel
• Consistently meet time lines and maintain awareness of schedules
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design solutions to meet those requirements
• Work effectively in a team environment and balance individually assigned work
• Perform modifications to complex, multi-user systems
• Oversee unit testing and develop fixes
• Mentor and assist junior developers
• Work independently and be customer service oriented
• Acquire and maintain additional technical skills for professional development

Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree or equivalent work/school experience.
• 6+ years’ experience participating in collaborative development environment preferred.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o HTML, XML
o Microsoft SQL Server, Stored Procedures
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Able to automate routine maintenance and tasks via scripting languages
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Unit testing and integration
• Understanding of distributed systems and data structures, both in design and implantation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits
• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To apply for this position please visit our website https://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/513612?source=TCCSoftwareSolutions&jobFeedCode=TCCSoftwareSolutions&returnURL=https://www.e-tcc.com/

 

Cybersecurity Concerns for Employees Working Remotely, Part 2

Posted by Stephen Palamara, TCC Director of Business Development

The Coronavirus outbreak has added to an already plentiful array of cybersecurity threats. Employers are responding to the outbreak by allowing or mandating remote working. I recently read an article on the Security Magazine website that outlines the top ten threats and the recommended solutions. https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/91999-the-top-10-employer-cybersecurity-concerns-for-employees-regarding-remote-work

We looked at the first five in a previous blog post. Here are the last five:

  • Patch Frequently – “the IT department should be patching often. While this is a good general practice, it is particularly critical at a time when attackers are aware of a unique window of opportunity presented by remote work. They will be using commandeered machines to scan traffic for opportunities. Ironically, opportunities are often identified by reverse-engineering software patches released by the major vendors. For this reason, IT departments have to be particularly vigilant while business is being conducted remotely.”
  • Monitor Electronic Traffic – “the IT department should be monitoring traffic continually. Like vehicular traffic, electronic traffic exhibits typical patterns over time. Occasional deviations from the norm are expected. But IT staffers have the experience to appreciate which deviations may signal a security concern. For instance, a programmer who had “outsourced” his own job overseas was identified when IT noticed that his login tended to exhibit maximum activity late at night Eastern Standard Time. It is to deny observers such clues that the Pentagon reportedly generates “white noise traffic” to camouflage activity fluctuations. Unless an employer is in a particularly sensitive business, such measures are not required. But the IT department must be vigilant to phenomena such as the exfiltration of large data files.”
  • Secure a Private Space for Work Discussions – “not all damage comes from electronic attacks. Humans are social. Employees like to talk. And jobs tend to be a favorite subject of discussion. In the office environment, this is rarely an issue. But remote employees need to adjust to their new environment. They must remember that loose lips sink ships. Work talk should be limited to private spaces.”
  • Be Sure Vendors Adhere to Security Standards – “virtually every employer depends on vendors and contractors. Even the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency use “green badges” (contractors). Contractors and vendors have access to the same data and networks that employees do. Employers should ensure that vendors are contractually obligated to adhere to the same security standards as full-time employees. This would include everything from not using public WiFi to limiting their access to relevant silos.”
  • Train on Security Fundamentals – “security is a people business. Most breaches can be attributed to human error. From an NSA employee leaving highly classified hacking tools on an open server, to a helpful Apple employee resetting a password for an imposter, the best-intentioned people make mistakes. The opportunities for such mistakes rise exponentially when employees are working remotely. The only cures are simple. Employees must be trained, and periodically retrained, in the fundamentals. And they must rely on checklists. After all, the Commander of Air Force One uses one while landing the President of the United States. Employees should use one before shutting down for the day. The job they save could be their own.”

To find out more about TCC Security Services please visit our website https://www.e-tcc.com/security-services.

 

TCC Seeks a Senior Software Developer

Posted by Kelly Grant, Senior Technical Recruiter

The Senior Software Developer is accountable for the design, development, and maintenance of multiple software projects and managing and directing other technical resources.

Responsibilities
• Deploy software in a well-planned manner with complete coordination with all end users
• Assist with coordination and directing documentation and testing personnel
• Consistently meet time lines and maintain awareness of schedules
• Interpret business technical and functional requirements and design solutions to meet those requirements
• Work effectively in a team environment and balance individually assigned work
• Perform modifications to complex, multi-user systems
• Oversee unit testing and develop fixes
• Mentor and assist junior developers
• Work independently and be customer service oriented
• Acquire and maintain additional technical skills for professional development

Qualifications
• Associate’s Degree in Computer Science or a comparable degree or equivalent work/school experience.
• 6+ years’ experience participating in collaborative development environment preferred.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft based technologies
o C# and .NET technologies
o LINQ, Entity Framework, REST Web API
o HTML, XML
o Microsoft SQL Server, Stored Procedures
o Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code
o Team Foundation Server, TFS User Stories
• Able to automate routine maintenance and tasks via scripting languages
• Experience with multi-tier application design and development and knowledge of design patterns
• Unit testing and integration
• Understanding of distributed systems and data structures, both in design and implantation.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Benefits
• Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
• Employer-funded Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)
• Company sponsored 401k
• Paid Time Off

About TCC
Founded in 1996 in Indianapolis, IN, The Consultants Consortium (TCC) is an innovative solutions provider committed to designing and delivering high-value, cost-effective IT consulting services and application technology solutions for both the private and public sectors. With a team of more than 250 IT and business professionals, TCC serves clients nationwide, from state and federal government agencies to commercial sector customers. TCC is committed to providing the most cutting edge solutions, and with that, ensures they stay up-to-date on crucial certifications and affiliations. Among these are the highly accredited Microsoft Certifications.

At TCC, we know that having a strong company culture is paramount in sustaining the success and stability of the company, especially within the information technology industry. That’s why we place our focus on the people who make our success possible: our employees, partners and clients. We strive to create an environment that preserves and fosters growth while still promoting the DNA of our company.

Our core values:
• Building strong, reliable relationships with our employees, our partners and our clients
• Upholding integrity, honesty and respect
• Supporting our local community
• Encouraging continued education and development

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.

To apply for this position please visit our website https://jobs.ourcareerpages.com/job/513612?source=TCCSoftwareSolutions&jobFeedCode=TCCSoftwareSolutions&returnURL=https://www.e-tcc.com/