I have got pretty good XML and HTML skills and I fancy working overseas for a while. What demand exists and in which countries?
You can go anywhere you like Peter Searle Managing Director, Computer People
The US is still the world's dominant information economy. Anyone with XML and HTML would find themselves in a very marketable position there. The US IT job market is both culturally and financially lucrative despite recent reports that Silicon Valley is experiencing slow job growth. Texas and Seattle are becoming renowned for their hi-tech venture start-ups and not to mention Boston, which is the biggest recipient of venture-capital funding behind Silicon Valley. Washington DC is also online with one of the highest percentages of info-tech based employment of any comparable market.
Having said this, the US is not for everyone, especially if you want to make your mark. Countries that are rapidly developing their e-commerce infrastructure such as those in Asia, offer a skilled workforce the opportunity to adapt and evolve while shaping its growth. Interestingly, it is the smaller nations such as Singapore that are currently progressing more quickly than say the UK or France. It's not all doom and gloom for those wishing to remain in Europe. Dataquest reckoned that Internet usage across Europe grew by more than 70% during 1999 and is battling for Internet talent.
But why leave the UK? The recent Y2K recruitment freeze will eventually thaw, paving the way for a surge in e-commerce recruitment. Companies are now beginning to seek the skills to build reliable e-commerce systems and with the Government's commitment behind e-ventures the future looks positive for those with XML and HTML skills.
The panel consists of Elan, Computer Futures, Computer People, Apex, Monarch Recruitment, Best International Group and ITNTO
Sweden dominates overall Internet usage in Europe and has a dedicated national information policy. Yet despite its reputation in Web innovation it is arguably seen as limited, mainly because of its emphasis on mobile communications. All in all there are hot pockets of expertise and gaps in each country.
This was first published in January 2000