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Ecommerce jobs bonanza

Posted by Michael Bloch in ecommerce (Friday April 11, 2008 )

It seems there’s a shortage of seasoned search engine marketing professionals, web developers and marketing specialists – so companies are turning to those without the years under the belt or them thar degree thingies in order to fill the gaps.

It wasn’t all that long ago we were all newbies to the Internet and jobs were pretty easy to come by. Then we went through a period recently when you had to have years of experience and a uni degree to get on board with companies. The degree aspect I’ve always found quite amusing when it comes to some web-based jobs given how rapidly online business is evolving.

But it seems that time is ending and companies are more open to hiring people without the experience or the bit of paper – just as long as the person shows aptitude for the given role.

Internet Retailer’s latest monthly survey focusing on salaries and personnel management revealed some interesting trends in online related human resources in the web retail world.

36.1% of companies stated web developers as their top hiring priority, followed by search engine marketing specialists at 29.4% then marketing specialists at 29%.

Compared to 12 months ago, over 60% of retailers are paying higher salaries – up to 9.8% higher. Just over 42% of online merchants are paying a salary of $40,000 for an entry-level online marketing position – that’s up 8% on last year in terms of the number of survey respondents.

Over 40% of retailers are paying junior web developers and programmers a base salary of at least $50,000 per year.

But even at the higher bucks, retailers are having problems filling positions with over 71% of retailers reporting it taking three months or longer to fill an opening – 6.1% take more than nine months. 78.5% of companies also describe the current market for attracting employees as difficult or very difficult.

While employers are using traditional means to recruit staffers; social networks are also playing an increasing role with 21.8% using major social networks to identify potential employees.

The Internet Retailer survey is a fascinating read with plenty of other statistics about the web retail job market.

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1 comment for Ecommerce jobs bonanza
  1. Good people will always get the work they covet…good people are darn hard to find so when a company finds one they should do everthing they can to retain them…

    Comment by miked — June 13, 2008 @ 8:12 am

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