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Investor visa overhaul to boost venture capital for startups

An overhaul of the significant investor visa will increase startup access to venture capital in Australia, according to the Australian Industry (Ai) Group.

By Adam Bender | 23 October, 2014 15:58

Tags: funding, startups, significant investor visa, Ai Group, Venture capital, government

Software developer shortage transcends international boundaries

The dearth of software development talent isn't an issue restricted to U.S. businesses. Finding programmers, especially to fill positions in the growing field of health IT, is a global challenge, said speakers Tuesday during a panel discussion on developing a health IT workforce.

By Fred O'Connor | 22 October, 2014 07:48

Tags: TotalMobile, careers, health care, IT management, industry verticals

Sprint cuts 452 HQ jobs in IT, network and technology areas

Sprint recently cut 452 jobs from its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., an amount that equals about 6% of the 7,500 workers there.

By Matt Hamblen | 21 October, 2014 07:31

Tags: business issues, sprint, wireless carriers, layoffs

Chipmaker AMD will cut staff by 7 percent

AMD's new chief is making her mark quickly: By the end of 2014, the chipmaker will cut worldwide headcount by about 7 percent in a restructuring plan it hopes will put it on the path to improved profits.

By Agam Shah | 17 October, 2014 08:12

Tags: business issues, Advanced Micro Devices, layoffs

Life as an IT contractor

The upside of life as an IT contractor is alluring. You get to be your own boss, accept only the jobs you want, and work flexible hours. With each assignment comes the opportunity to learn new skills and gain exposure to different environments.

By Ann Bednarz | 17 October, 2014 06:16

Tags: TEKsystems, careers, IT management

Warm response to funding for coding education

The government will spend $12 million improving STEM education in primary and secondary schools as part of its 'Competitiveness Agenda', which also includes changes to how employee share options are taxed.

By Rohan Pearce | 15 October, 2014 13:02

Tags: education

Startups applaud death of Labor tax rules on employee share options

Australia’s startup scene has welcomed changes by the Abbott government to taxation of employee stock option plans (ESOPs) as a positive first step toward a thriving startup ecosystem.

By Adam Bender | 15 October, 2014 10:54

Tags: funding, Employee Share Option Plan (ESOP), startups, tax, Tony Abbott, employee stock option plans, regulation, competitiveness agenda, Startup

Oracle database certifications aren't 'permanent' anymore

Oracle is requiring database administrators to upgrade their certifications if the ones they hold are for older versions of its platform.

By Chris Kanaracus | 15 October, 2014 04:44

Tags: applications, databases, training, careers, software, IT management, Oracle

Startups win reform in Abbott's competitiveness agenda

The Australian government will reform how employee share options are taxed to make it easier for startups to attract and retain talent, as part of a $400 million Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda unveiled today by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

By Adam Bender | 14 October, 2014 15:12

Tags: funding, ICT education, STEM education, startups, taxes, tax, Tony Abbott, competitiveness agenda, Australian Government

US policy deters international startup emigration

Tight US immigration laws could be closing the “brain drain” of foreign startups that defect to Silicon Valley, according to startup investors Bill Tai and Lars Rasmussen.

By Adam Bender | 13 October, 2014 14:35

Tags: immigration, startups, funding, visas, Lars Rasmussen, Bill Tai, emmigration, brain drain, Facebook, Startup, Google

Curriculum review falls short on ICT, says ACS

The Australian Computer Society hit out at a recommendation of the government-commissioned review of the Australian school curriculum that the 'technologies' subject should be introduced at Year 9 as an elective for students.

By Rohan Pearce | 13 October, 2014 13:18

Tags: education, australian computer society

Generation Nervous? Millennial searches focus on anxiety meds

An analysis of U.S. employee web searches for healthcare services showed that millennials search more frequently for anti-anxiety meds and women use specific medical terms while men tend to generalize.

By Lucas Mearian | 08 October, 2014 11:33

Tags: data analytics, business issues, Google, WalMart, Castlight Health, careers, Honeywell, comcast, IT management, personnel

Angry Birds developer slashes up to 130 jobs to 'reignite growth'

Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish company behind mobile game hit Angry Birds, will lay off up to 130 people in its home country.

By Loek Essers | 02 October, 2014 19:56

Tags: business issues, Mobile games, Rovio Entertainment, layoffs, games

Post recession, tech workers prefer working at midsize companies, survey finds

Working for a startup may have lost its appeal to IT professionals who, after weathering the recent recession, are more interested in positions at medium-sized companies that offer a startup's innovative environment and a large company's stability.

By Fred O'Connor | 26 September, 2014 04:16

Tags: robert half technology, careers, IT management

Growing startup scene, employer loyalty lure tech talent to Midwest companies

When Abby Cohen and Andrew Brimer decided to locate their health IT startup, Sparo Labs, in St. Louis, neither one considered a Midwest location as a challenge to attracting top technology workers.

By Fred O'Connor | 24 September, 2014 22:05

Tags: whirlpool, careers, IT management

Smaller Windows PC makers nip at Apple's heels in customer satisfaction

Apple again topped rival computer makers in an annual customer satisfaction survey, the 10th year in a row its Macs have whipped Windows PCs.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 September, 2014 22:55

Tags: desktop pcs, hardware systems, University of Michigan, toshiba, acer, apple mac, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Apple, acs

Microsoft boards-up research lab amid more layoffs

Microsoft Research is shutting down its Mountain View, Calif., facility as part of a move that included a reported 2,100 more layoffs throughout the company.

By Tim Greene | 19 September, 2014 08:28

Tags: business issues, Microsoft Subnet, layoffs, Microsoft, Nokia

Pink slips rain down on Microsoft

As had been rumoured earlier this week, Microsoft lopped off a second set of jobs Thursday, cutting 2,100 positions, as part of a restructuring plan announced two months ago to eliminate 18,000 positions, or about 14 percent of the company's workforce.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 19 September, 2014 05:00

Tags: business issues, layoffs, Microsoft

Reports of another wave of layoffs rekindle bad press for Microsoft

Microsoft's massive staff reduction, which shocked many when it was announced in July, is back in the spotlight with a pair of reports that the ax will come down on another group of employees Thursday.

By Juan Carlos Perez | 18 September, 2014 06:58

Tags: business issues, layoffs, Microsoft

IBM cuts pay by 10 per cent for workers picked for training

IBM has initiated a new training program that will cut the pay of participating employees by 10 per cent.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 16 September, 2014 05:02

Tags: IBM, IT careers, careers, IT management

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