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'Career Opportunity' Cited as Key Reason Technology Professionals Move to South Florida
Apr 09, 2010 (01:04 PM EDT)

South Florida Technology Alliance member PROTECH, releases it's 6th Annual "South Florida Tech Talent Survey" revealing: 30% cited Career Opportunity as reason for moving to South Florida

BOCA RATON, Fla., April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Boca Raton-based Information Technology (IT) search and staffing specialist, PROTECH, just released its "2010 South Florida Tech Talent Survey" results.  The survey targeted 12,327 South Florida IT professionals in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties.

The results of the survey showed that 79% of the respondents are not originally from South Florida.  And while our weather was cited by 37% of the top reason for making a move to the region, "career opportunity" came in second at 30%.

"Many still think of South Florida as a tourist and retiree destination.  But the region also does a good job of attracting technology professionals.  We have deep roots in technology innovation with the first personal computer invented here by IBM in Boca Raton.  Florida also ranks as the third state in the number of high tech companies and as the fourth largest state in high tech employment."  said PROTECH CEO, Deborah Vazquez.  

Other highlights of the survey included:

81% of the participants who are currently employed said they would leave their current employers for a better opportunity.

"Corporate Stability" was ranked as the #1 motivator when considering a job offer.  Salary came in second.

The average pay increase for 2009 was 6%; this was down from 8% in 2008.

"Telecommuting" was cited as the number one perk received from an employer.  

Sentiment is also improving in terms of outlook on economy – 3% last year said they felt things were getting better; this year that number is 15%.

Vazquez said that "telecommuting continues to grow in importance and prevalence due to the maturity of technology which allows many workers to work remotely, and to be as (or more) productive than their in-office counterparts.  Companies wanting to better compete for the most talented workers should consider incorporating some type of telecommuting policy as an additional differentiator."


PROTECH provides Information Technology temporary staffing and direct hire search and placement services for South Florida employers with a guaranteed turn-around time of 48 hours for the most difficult to fill positions.  For more information, visit or call (561) 953-8800.

About the South Florida Technology Alliance

With over 11 years of leadership as the region's most effective technology organization, the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the vibrant South Florida technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, the SFTA provides south Florida's technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology. For more information about the SFTA, visit


Deborah Vazquez, CEO, PROTECH

(561) 953-8800

SFTA Contact:

Jackie Fernandez

Executive Director

South Florida Technology Alliance  

Tel. 954.239.9739