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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Oct. 14th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Resources and IT Staffing Services for businesses in the Buffalo area.


Clarence, Orchard Park Earn Top Scores in Western New York Quality-of-Life Rankings

Which Western New York communities offer the best quality of life? The pacesetters in the eight-county region, according to a study issued this morning, are the Town of Clarence and the Village of Orchard Park. What if we widen the focus to encompass all 48 counties across Upstate New York? Then the top honors go to the Town of Pittsford (near Rochester) and the Village of Voorheesville (outside of Albany). Business First has released four quality-of-life rankings, based on a comprehensive analysis of 50 sets of statistics. Read More


Outsourced IT workers Ask Feinstein for Help, Get Form Letter in Return

A University of California IT employee whose job is being outsourced to India recently wrote Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for help. Feinstein’s office sent back a letter addressing manufacturing job losses, not IT, and offered the worker no assistance. The employee is part of a group of 50 IT workers and another 30 contractors facing layoffs after the university hired an offshore outsourcing firm. The firm, India-based HCL, won a contract to manage infrastructure services. That contract is worth about $50 million over five years and can…Read More


US IT and Engineering Salaries Rise Nearly 4 percent in 2015

IT and engineering salaries in the U.S. rose 3.9 percent in 2015, the second-highest annual increase since 2010, according to a survey from IEEE-USA. The median income for IT and engineering professionals rose to $135,000 in 2015, up from $130,000 in 2014, IEEE-USA said. Salaries rose nearly 4.3 percent between 2013 and 2014, after rising just 0.6 percent in 2013. Engineers working in systems and control, including the subspecialties of robotics and automation, control systems, industrial electronics and cybernetics, saw the largest salary increases in 2015. Read More


IT job Creation Headed Lower for Second Straight Year

If this keeps up, 2016 is going to be a notable year for IT hires — though not in a good way. After the release of soft September IT job creation numbers by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), analyst firm Janco Associates is predicting only an estimated 74,200 jobs will be created for the whole year. This will be the second straight year of decline, down from 129,400 new IT jobs created in 2014 and 112,500 in 2015. The last few months have been particularly bad. In August only 700 IT jobs were created, and in September 4,400 were created. Read More


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