Author: Chase Norlin

Let’s help intermediaries expand US apprenticeships

Thanks to funding from Congress and leadership by the Obama administration, the US Department of Labor issued a grant announcement requesting proposals from national intermediary organizations to expand apprenticeships in the United States.  Intermediaries stand between the government and private individuals, families, and employers. Since the 1830s, when Alexis de Tocqueville published Democracy in America, the United States has been well known for its rich array of intermediating institutions, from churches to local charities to business associations. Nearly every country with a large-scale apprenticeship system relies heavily on intermediary organizations. Even in Germany, where apprenticeships are widespread and employers...

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Minimum wage hikes are causing businesses to cut jobs

In January, 19 US states raised their respective minimum wages. Washington was among the most generous, hiking by $1.53 (bringing it to $11 per hour). Arizona got an increase of $1.95—their “bottom rung” now sits at $10 per hour. In all, 4.3 million workers are slated to receive a hike as they earn less than the new minimum wage in their respective states. Well, that’s what’s meant to happen. Judging by the fallout from recent hikes, it seems things aren’t going according to plan. Minimum Wage Massacre In February, Wendy’s CEO Bob Wright said the firm expects wages to...

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TRANSMOSIS VP SALES TO SPEAK ON “FACING THE CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE SHORTAGE” AT THE NEVADA IT SYMPOSIUM , APRIL 05 2017

Transmosis VP Sales, Andrew Moy will be speaking about the shortage in the cybersecurity workforce in Las Vegas, NV. FACING THE CYBERSECURITY WORKFORCE SHORTAGE According to a recent Cisco report, there are over 1 million cybersecurity jobs unfilled, which is projected to rise to 6 million by 2019.  The problem is two-fold: filling the current gaps while preparing the next workforce generation. The solution requires that the public and private sectors work together to create clear career paths in cybersecurity. In order to recruit and retain skilled personnel, together they must incorporate a variety of employment tools and resources....

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I Can’t Fill My Security Head Count. What Can I Do?

(This article originally appeared on SCMagazine.) The talent deficit in cyber security is real. Teams are understaffed and recruiters are getting desperate. There’s simply too much work to go around. I’ve circled the globe talking with hundreds of organizations and having an open headcount is a universal topic. Sure, when a job is posted many applicants often apply, but the disconnect between the available candidates and the requisite skill sets, hunger, and knowledge is a large one. We must figure out what can be done to help fix this situation if we want any hope in creating cyber resiliency. The first thing to...

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How the Market Creates Jobs and How the Government Destroys Them

The Creation of Jobs If the media tell us that “the opening of XYZ mill has created 1,000 new jobs,” we give a cheer. When the ABC company closes and 500 jobs are lost, we’re sad. The politician who can provide a subsidy to save ABC is almost assured of wide spread public support for his work in preserving jobs. But jobs in and of themselves do not guarantee well, being. Suppose that the employment is to dig huge holes and fill them up again? What if the workers manufacture goods and services that no one wants to purchase? In the...

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THE RETRAINING PARADOX

When Nathan Kecy graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire a decade ago with a bachelor’s degree in communications, he found himself with about $10,000 in debt and few clear career options. He first found work as a door-to-door salesman (“a pyramid scheme,” he recalls) and then in telemarketing. Finally he landed a job as an infrastructure specialist for Datamatic, a Texas-based water-meter-technology company. He was traveling across the country installing meters, making a decent salary. But he lost his job after the company restructured in 2012, he said, and soon he found that his skills weren’t easily...

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Trump’s H-1B crackdown could be the kick in the pants Indian IT sorely needs

Indian IT is bracing for what it thinks will be a calamitous hit to its bread-and-butter business thanks to impending change in the H-1B regulations promised by Trump and re-activated by various legislation. For a $150-billion industry that gets 60 percent of its revenues from the US alone, but which has faced a disastrous flatlining in its revenue growth over the past year — not to mention difficulties in winning new business — this couldn’t have come at a worse time and reactions from various constituents certainly suggest so. Could it be that they all may be fretting about...

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2017 Best Cities for Cybersecurity Professionals

It’s a good time to be working in cybersecurity. As hackers continue their onslaught, stealing information in sectors ranging from health care to retail sales, businesses will need experts in digital security to fight back. In the first half of 2016, more than 554 million records were breached – a 31% increase over the previous six months. Analysts expect significant growth in the industry: More jobs will come, and companies will spend more money to shore up security. Cybersecurity Ventures projects companies and consumers will spend $1 trillion globally over the next five years on cybersecurity. That’s a projected...

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H-1B reduced computer programmer employment by up to 11%, study finds IT prices lowered by around 2%

There would have been up to 11% more computer science jobs at wages up to 5% higher were it not for the immigration program that brings in foreign high-skilled employees, a new study finds. The study comes at a sensitive time, as tech titans including Facebook battle the immigration restrictions put forward by President Donald Trump. Though Trump has focused initially on restricting refugees, the fate of high-skilled immigrants is a matter of intense debate in the current Congress. The paper — by John Bound and Nicolas Morales of the University of Michigan and Gaurav Khanna of the University...

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The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only 8 percent of the nation’s coders. All the other millions? They’re more like Devon, a programmer I met who helps maintain a ­security-software service in Portland, Oregon. He isn’t going to get fabulously rich, but his job is stable and rewarding: It’s 40 hours...

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