Market Observations

Q3 2018

We speak daily with high tech software companies and candidates in the greater Boston area and people frequently ask for our observations regarding current job market conditions and hiring practices.  Each quarter, we compile our observations from these conversations and make them available to our network. Please note, these are not predictions or based on any numerical data.

Typically, the job market quiets down during the summer months however this year was different.   We accepted several outstanding new marketing assignments this past quarter and our clients had a high sense of urgency to fill these positions.  We’ve been recruiting marketing professionals in the greater Boston area for many years and this was one of the most active summer markets we’ve ever experienced. 

Several candidates contacted us in September to start their searches with the hope of being in a new role by 2019.  This tends to be the case each year, as many times people reevaluate their current work situation after the summer months. 

Candidates considering new opportunities emphasized the following:

  • A growth opportunity/step up in their career
  • Increased compensation
  • A great culture with strong leadership
  • Improved commute

The trend of offshore software companies contacting us for help recruiting greater Boston marketing professionals continued this past quarter.  As the economy has improved, offshore companies are looking to gain a larger foothold in the critically important US market.

Woodlyn Partners had activity in the following technology areas in Q3:

  • Big Data Software
  • Commerce Platform
  • Customer Data Platform
  • Cybersecurity Software
  • Data Integration Software
  • DevOps Platform
  • Digital Preservation Solution
  • IT Lifecycle Services
  • IT Management Platform
  • Payment Software
  • Real-Time Operational Analytics
  • Security Policy Management Solutions
  • Speech Analytics Software
  • Testing Software

We celebrated our 17th Year Anniversary as Woodlyn Partners in September. Sharon and I want to thank all the great people we’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with during this time. We started Woodlyn on September 10, 2001 and our business is now 100% referred through our network. Thank you to our clients, candidates and business partners for all your support during this time and we hope you will continue to think of us as a resource as you grow your business and careers.

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