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Technology Employment Forecast ~ 2018

West Michigan Tech Hiring Up but Pay Is Static

Technical hiring in West Michigan is trending up for 2018 but pay rates are staying the same. About 60% of responding companies are hiring new staff, and as usual, no one is firing. Twenty-five per cent more professional service companies plan to hire next year than did this past year, jumping from 48% to 73%. Two-thirds of the health care employers plan to increase tech staff.

Nearly 80 % of queried firms are keeping their pay rates the same. Although only 23% of responding companies plan to raise IT salaries, 80% of these too are planning to hire new tech employees. In general, employers are looking for mid-level workers skilled in applications.

Paragon’s chief brilliance detector, recruiter Jen Bradshaw says, “The demand for senior level workers is dropping. Are their pay ranges too high for the local market? Mid-level talent may be more desired because their salaries are still under six figures.”

Since 2003, Paragon Recruiting in Holland, MI, has polled senior IT managers in the West Michigan market to estimate what the next year holds for technology hiring and pay rates. Each forecast includes responses from about 100 companies, with about two thirds participating for many years.

Graphs for 2018 TEF

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