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Excerpted from the Brazil Career Guide

Brazil is the second-largest information technology (IT) market among emerging economies after China. Moreover, Brazil has the most balanced IT market segments among the BRIC countries. According to a recent report from Gartner, IT end-user spending in Brazil is expected to grow to 134.2 billion USD through 2014. The largest share of spending will be telecom, followed by IT services and computing hardware. In 2014, IT services are expected to represent more than 15 percent of total IT spending. The 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympic Games are likely to drive much of IT spending in Brazil.

Areas of Job Promise

The Economist reports a lack of skilled technical workers and engineers in Brazil. Employment agencies and online services are widely used to fill technical, management and temporary positions. Some of the world’s top employment companies have branches in Brazil.

Specialist recruiter Hays reports the greatest shortages in IT are for specialists in SAP (systems, applications, products), business analysis, architecture and infrastructure. The most successful candidates have degrees in engineering, information systems and computer science. Certifications such as SAP, Microsoft, CISCO and PMP, as well as fluency in English and postgraduate work or an MBA are highly valued by hiring managers.

Organizations and Trade Associations

Associacao das Empresas Brasileiras de Tecnologia da Informação (ASSESPRO)
Association of Brazilian Companies in Information Technology
http://www.assespro.org.br/ (Portuguese)
ASSESPRO was founded in 1976 with the objective of defending the interests of IT companies. It is an active member of the IT Area Committee and the Internet Management Committee of Brazil’s Science and Technology Ministry. Currently, ASSESPRO is composed for more than 1,400 software and technology services companies. They are private companies involved in data base development and software distribution, as well as consulting and training, accounting for almost 90 percent of the software market in Brazil. Besides defending the interests of its member companies, ASSESPRO leads special programs, including international, national and regional events and seminars. ASSESPRO has regional offices in Minas Gerais, Ceará, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Alagoas, Distrito Federal, Espírito do Santo, Paraná, Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Sergipe and Sao Paulo.

SRTVS – Quadra 701
Bloco A – Sala 829/831
Ed. Centro Empresarial Brasília – Brasília – DF
CEP 70340 – 970
Tel/Fax: + 55 (61) 4501-8301
Email: contato@assespro.org.br

Brazilian Association of Information Technology and Communications Companies (BRASSCOM)
http://www.brasscom.org.br/ (Portuguese, English)
BRASSCOM, the Brazilian Association of Information Technology and Communication Companies, was created in 2004 with the objective of positioning Brazil as a key player in the global IT services market.

Rua Funchal, 263 - Conj. 151 - Vila Olímpia - São Paulo/SP
CEP 04551-060
Tel: +55 11 3053-9100
Fax: +55 11 3053-9115


http://idgnow.uol.com.br (Portuguese)
IDGNow! is an exclusive partner of International Data Group (IDG) in Brazil. Now!Digital Business is a national media group with 32 years of successful history with the IDG Brasil name. Currently, Now!Digital Business has a readership of approximately 1.1 million, including the magazines PC World, Computerworld e CIO and their respective websites. Besides the website IDGNow! and the online version of MacWorld, IDGNow! promotes many events such as the CIO Perspectives Conference, CIO Perspectives Focus and all the brands that belongs to IDG.

Tel: +55 (11) 3049-2039 (from São Paulo) or +55 0800-771-00-29 (other regions)
Email: falaassinante@nowdigital.com.br

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the Brazil Guide.

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