Full Stack: Tech news for the week ahead – 28 May 2019Posted about 5 years ago by Client Server

Welcome to this week’s edition of Full Stack, Client Server’s look at what’s happening in the world of tech.

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In the news:

What Facebook, Google and Tesla actually pay staff in 2019 (WIRED.co.uk)

In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the US Congress passed a law that required publicly traded companies to report the median pay of their employees in comparison with the CEO's pay.

Now, the big tech companies - Alphabet (Google), Facebook and Tesla - are beginning to report for a second time.

Here are some of the big takeaways:

  • The median pay at Google parent Alphabet rose 25 per cent last year, to $246,804 (£194,216), the biggest increase and highest pay among a dozen tech firms tracked by WIRED.
  • Facebook reported that the compensation of its median employee declined almost five per cent last year, to $228,651 (£179,885) – the biggest decline among the companies in WIRED’s analysis.
  • Tesla reported median pay of $56,163 (£44,180) for last year, up 2.5 per cent from 2017.
  • For a company that does employ a large proportion of programmers, IBM's median salary looks low, at $55,088 (£43,334). But that figure reflects the fact that IBM has a large workforce outside the United States. The New York Times reported in 2017 that IBM has more employees in India than in the US.

Read the full report from WIRED .

Websites are getting larger

The HTTP Archive is a "permanent repository of web performance information such as size of pages, failed requests, and technologies utilised". It has recently released a report about the size of websites between July 2017 and July 2018.

Read the full report - plus others - on the HTTP Archive website .

Two thirds of tech workers "would leave their jobs over poor work-life balance"

Tech job board CW Jobs has released findings from a survey of 1,000 IT workers in the UK. It found that two-thirds of tech workers would leave their jobs over poor work-life balance and over half of

IT workers would leave over a lack of learning and development opportunities.

The report describes "six personas in the modern tech workplace," outlining strategies to help employers "tantalise techies to their doors and hold onto the best talent."

You can read the full report here.

Replacing JavaScript: How eBay made a web app 50x faster by switching programming languages

Online marketplace eBay has revealed how it boosted performance of a demanding web app by 50x using WebAssembly.

“The "astonishing" speed-up after switching from a JavaScript-based to a largely WebAssembly-based web app was detailed by the eBay engineering team, who say the performance boost helped make it possible to build a highly-accurate barcode scanner as a web app.

By compiling code to WebAssembly, developers can build apps that deliver consistently high-performance in the web browser, similar to that offered by apps running natively.”

Read more about the switch here .

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