Your Turn: Thoughts on the Economy and Hiring

As the main gatherer of things salaried, I'm always thinking about those numbers we publish every year in the magazine. Those numbers continue to go up incrementally, but my feeling is that they'll be pretty flat this year or even dip a notch, despite reports that IT spending will go up on 2009 (call me doom and gloom).

I'm predicting that more respondents this year will report having lost jobs. It's just a guess, though, and I look to you for guidance and feedback. With that, here's what I want to know:

  1. Predictions: Do you expect salaries to go up or down this year?
  2. What are the chances of you losing your job this year because of the economy?
  3. Will you be obtaining training to bolster your skills and make you more employable?
  4. How does certification fit into the picture? Is it still necessary to show that you're skilled?

You don't have to answer the questions in stepped fashion. If you just want to dump your thoughts out on paper on these and other issues, I'm all ears.

I'll definitely share some of the best comments (with first names only) here and in the newsletter (and contact those further who want to participate in this year's salary survey).

Posted by Michael Domingo on 02/25/2009 at 11:59 AM


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