Tech Recruiting Wars Heat Up All Across the U.S.
Recruiters and hiring managers are having a hard time wooing tech talent, especially in the Midwest.
With more than 8,000 tech jobs available on Dice.com on any given day, New York City, unsurprisingly, is the most challenging place to recruit computer science graduates, the survey found. San Francisco is in second place, with about 4,600 tech jobs open. The data is based on responses from recruiters and hiring managers across the country.
"Competition for talent has certainly become much more fierce," Shravan Goli, president of Dice, told Network World. "It's never been easy, and it's only going to get tougher."
Detroit ranked fourth on the list of toughest cities to recruit. Chicago was sixth; Little Rock, eighth; Milwaukee, ninth; and St. Louis, eleventh.
This is difficult news for startup CEOs. The gap between supply and demand means you'll be paying higher salaries to persuade top engineers, coders, and IT staffers to come work for your company. One reason competition is getting tighter, Dice says, is that companies across all industries are looking to add tech-savvy workers in marketing, sales, and business analysis positions. Meanwhile, the number of computer science graduates is not keeping pace.
"That's adding a lot more pressure from a hiring perspective, no matter what type of company you are," Goli says.
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WILL YAKOWICZ | Staff Writer | Reporter, Inc.com
Will Yakowicz is a staff writer for Inc. magazine. He has covered business, crime, and local politics for The Brooklyn Paper and was the editor of Park Slope Patch. He has also reported in the West Bank and Moscow for Tablet Magazine. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.