IT hiring in June tops 2012 totals

Information technology jobs in the country are growing steadily, according to a new industry tally.

IT jobs totaled 4.5 million in June, according to a new report from the TechServe Alliance, an Alexandria-based group representing IT and engineering staffing firms. This represents 0.51 percent growth since last month and a 5.71 percent increase since last year.

The June tally meant the industry has added 241,700 more tech jobs since the same time a year ago, and 22,600 jobs since May, the report found, based on an analysis of staffing patterns in several IT and computer-related jobs across industries including manufacturing and retail.

The U.S. economy added 195,000 jobs overall in June, compared to May, according to the Labor Department.

— Mohana Ravindranath

SalesForce to follow Russia, China posts

SalesForce is expanding its service to include Russia and China. The service allows companies to monitor conversations about their products on social media platforms,

The subscription-based service, dubbed Radian6, already keeps tabs on sources — including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn — in 22 languages. The addition of China’s Sina Weibo, a social platform that is similar to Twitter, and Russia’s VKontakte, which is similar to Facebook, could bring more than 1 billion users into SalesForce’s purview.

Radian6 will be the first authorized application to provide comprehensive listening to public social media conversations in China and Russia in real time, according to the San Francisco-based SalesForce, a company that specializes in customer relationship software.

— Mohana Ravindranath