Twin Cities IT Salary Guide for 2017

Our 2017 Salary Guide data comes from a variety of sources – actual salaries ranging from Fortune 500 and mid-sized companies, to smaller emerging companies, and local and national research. Check out our infographic below, or view our IT Salary Guide.

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ESP IT continues to monitor and analyze Minnesota tech hiring trends, compensation, and benefits information in order to better serve our clients. The market insight in this infographic comes from our team of IT staffing experts, along with local and national research sources, including the Minnesota High Tech Association. If you have any questions or comments about our 2017 Tech Salary Guide, please contact us.

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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours

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This Thanksgiving, we just want to take a moment to say thank you.

Thank you to our clients, partners, and friends, for your support and goodwill this year.

Thank you to our consultants: our great reputation in the Twin Cities IT Market is due to your skills, hard work, and advocacy.

And thank you to our internal staff for your dedication, commitment to integrity, and always striving to be the best you can be.

May you and yours have a very happy Thanksgiving.

-from all of us at ESP IT

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We Keep Getting Better With Age — Celebrating 48 Years!

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On October 1st, ESP will be 48 years old. In an industry where reputation based on relationships is everything to your success, we couldn’t be prouder to be celebrating 48 years of serving the IT community in Minnesota.

In 1968, ESP stood for Electronic Systems Personnel, which was what “IT” was called back when computers took up whole rooms. The name has evolved over time, to ESP Systems Professionals, and now, ESP IT to reflect current terminology. Along with the name changes we’ve adapted our services to fit current market needs, but in most ways, we’re still the same “ESP”.

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ESP IT Welcomes Tim Schinke as VP of Sales & Recruiting

Tim Schinke VP of Sales for ESP ITWe are pleased to announce that Tim Schinke joined ESP IT in June as VP of Sales & Recruiting. His responsibilities include providing effective and inspiring leadership, creating and developing new sales strategies for ESP’s future growth, and ensuring ESP’s clients always receive the highest level of care.

Prior to joining ESP IT, Tim gained 25 years of leadership experience, holding several Vice President of Sales positions within the technology and software industries. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated success in teaching and mentoring technology and sales professionals and shown expertise in ERP software at companies including PeopleSoft, SAP, and Salesforce.com.

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What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to Know?

The Millennial members of ESP’s team weigh in on how their own professional experiences and their recruitment interactions with Millennial IT pros have shaped their view of the Millennial generation, and provide some advice to their peers in the tech field

What Do Millennial IT Pros Need to KnowIn many ways, the challenges of a Millennial workforce have already been addressed. The internet has produced extensive myth-busting content about the Millennial generation, as well as tips to help bridge the gap between Millennials and older generations. We’ve learned that there are gaps even within the Millennial generation that can cause workplace tension, and that ultimately, Millennials are comprised of individuals with unique needs in much the same way as their predecessors’ generations were. But the question remains – why do Millennial stereotypes persist, and how can we end them for good? Perhaps the answer involves Millennials looking inward to identify the ways they are perpetuating these stereotypes, and seeking solutions that will turn the talk in their favor.

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On Tap: Foundational Pillars To Any Successful IT Consulting Career

Tech on Tap LogoTech on Tap is an ESP hosted happy hour and networking event that connects technology professionals and business leaders with other experts in the field. Last fall we launched our first ever “Tech Talks”, and had the opportunity to learn from three speakers about new languages, methodologies, and emerging tech trends.

In anticipation of our upcoming event on May 12th at Modist Brewing, we’ve asked one of the speakers from our last event – Bruce Krupnick – to publish his talk as a guest blog:

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Our Team Weighs In On Why ESP’s The Best

For a fourth year in a row, we’re thrilled to be on Minnesota Business Magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies To Work For. This award is a special honor, because we were selected thanks to the anonymous survey responses of our very own ESP team! In order to determine which companies are “the best”, the survey’s questions seek to identify whether a company’s work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness exceed those of “standard” employers. We’re proud to stand out from the rest, and to better understand what makes us great, we asked our team to share a few of the things we’re doing right in each of the three categories. Here’s what they had to say:

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Why ESP IT Holds An Annual Holiday Party: 4 Tips

We know the holidays can be a challenging time for employees. So, while the ESP IT teamHoliday Party is busy wrapping-up both projects and gifts, we like to reward them for a year of hard work by throwing a holiday party. Not only does this event promote one of our core values, “have fun,” but it also increases employee engagement and satisfaction at a time when productivity can be at its lowest.

The traditional “office holiday party” sometimes gets a pretty bad rep, but when you approach the celebration with consideration and excitement, we’ve found it can lead to a yearly highlight. Check out these four easy tips we’ve cultivated to make our celebration a blast.

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Happy 47th Birthday ESP IT!

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Some of the ESP team gets silly at our recent team building event – Artist Designed Mini Golf at the Walker.

In the last 47 years, we’ve evolved and adapted along with technology. On October 1, 1968, ESP was founded by Gary Brumfield, to support the staffing needs of the IT community. Steve Parker bought the company in 1970, and then sold it to our current owner and CEO, Bob Hildreth in 1986. We’re proud of our history and excited to be three years away from the big 5-0. As we approach that significant milestone, we found our 47th year to be a time of looking back at our recent and rapid growth, and looking ahead to the future of ESP. We’ve avoided a mid-life crisis so far, and have no plans of buying a fancy car, but we do have some big dreams we want to achieve before we turn 50.

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“Under Pressure” – Validating Your IT Skills On LinkedIn

LinkedIn RecommendationsAs an IT pro, you’re generally the first to acknowledge and appreciate new technologies. But let’s face it – sometimes these technologies seem more complicated than helpful. In the case of virtual resume platforms such as LinkedIn, users sometimes try to simplify things by ignoring details, processes, and steps which they feel are too complicated or unnecessary. But such a mindset when it comes to LinkedIn could cost you your next great IT gig. If the thought of tackling those extras puts you “Under Pressure,” avoid “cracking” the way Queen describes in their hit song by following our tips below.

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