Software developer jobs to see big gains by 2030

Software developer jobs will see some of the largest growth among all occupational categories through 2030, according to an analysis by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It found that employment in the occupational category “software developers and software quality assurance analysts and testers” would grow by 409,500 jobs by 2030 for total employment of nearly 2.3 million.

The only occupation forecast to add more jobs in that timeframe is “home health and personal care aides,” which will add more than 1.1 million jobs.

The BLS’ calculation excludes the effects of the recovery from the pandemic and aims to look at structural growth only.

‘New ransomware models’ top threat in Q3

“New ransomware models” topped the list of concerns in the third quarter, according to a survey by Gartner Inc. of  294 senior executives surveyed across industries and geographies. These concerns even surpassed worries about pandemic-related issues such as supply chain disruptions.

Worries over new ransomware models topped the list based on perceived risk score and frequency.

“While new models of ransomware attacks are frightening in their own right, the consequences for organizations are even worse,” says Matt Shinkman, VP with the Gartner Risk and Audit practice. “Prolonged operational delays, data loss and exposure, as well as the reputational damage that follows, present potential existential risks to an organization that executives are all too well aware of, especially if the attacks occur as a result of inadequate cybersecurity controls.”

60% of companies with remote workers use monitoring software

Some 60% of companies with remote workers use software to monitor employee activity and productivity, according to a survey of 1,250 US employers conducted by Digital, a Seattle-based product rating website for small businesses.

It found the top reason employers use monitoring software, cited by 79%, is to understand how employees are spending their time. However, 65% use it to confirm workers are putting in a full day and 50% use it to ensure  employees aren’t using work equipment for personal use.

Of monitoring software in use, 76% said they use software that tracks web browsing and application use. In addition, 60% use software that captures random screenshots, 54% use software that blocks content and applications and 44% use software that logs keystrokes.

Digital’s survey also found that 88% of employers terminated workers after implementing monitoring software.

Remote work could cut NYC sales tax revenue by $111 million

New York City’s sales tax revenue could be reduced by $111 million annually because of remote work, according to an analysis released by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

It noted roughly 1 million people came into the city each day prior to the pandemic, many of whom are likely to do so on a less frequent basis going forward.

“Our analysis shows that the pandemic has fundamentally altered the way people work, with far-reaching implications on the city’s economy and tax base,” Stringer says. “As remote work and hybrid work schedules keep many workers closer to home, small businesses in residential districts may see a boost from New Yorkers spending more in their neighborhoods. However, the loss of foot traffic and lower sales may be severely felt by small businesses in the city’s commercial districts.”