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War of Silicon? Silicon Alley vs. Silicon Valley

No longer are high paying technical professions the exclusive domain of Silicon Valley. In fact, may new and exciting start ups are coming out of Silicon Alley. WANTED Analytics brings us this insightful article about the hiring demand and the increasing battles between Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley for tech talent.



Hiring demand for tech positions continues to grow across much of the US and there has been increasing competition between the Silicon Valley and New York’s Silicon Alley. Today, we wanted to take an updated look at the types of tech jobs being recruited in each of these locations and overall hiring conditions. Between these 2 areas, there were 116,000 tech jobs being advertised online in April. Both NY and the combined San Francisco/San Jose metro areas accounted for similar volume. However, for the first time in the past 4 years, hiring demand in New York surpassed what was seen in the Silicon Valley. There were about 58,600 ads in New York in April, and 58,000 in the Valley.



Hiring Demand for Tech Jobs in the Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley



Hiring Demand in the Silicon Alley and Silicon Valley


Source: WANTED Analytics


Below are the 10 most commonly advertised tech job titles in New York City and theSilicon Valley. There are many similarities between the 2 lists. 7 job titles are the same: Project Manager, Java Developer, Senior Java Developer, Software Engineer, Web Developer, Business Analyst, and Network Engineer. However, job titles that are specifically software engineering related appear on higher on the list for the Silicon Valley than they do in NY.



Most Common Job Titles in the Silicon Alley Most Common Job Titles in the Silicon Valley
  1. Project Manager
  2. Java Developer
  3. Senior Java Developer
  4. .NET Developer
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Web Developer
  7. Business Analyst
  8. Network Engineer
  9. Developer
  10. Programmer Analyst
  1. Software Engineer
  2. Senior Software Engineer
  3. Project Manager
  4. Java Developer
  5. Quality Assurance Engineer
  6. Senior Java Developer
  7. Web Developer
  8. Network Engineer
  9. Systems Engineer
  10. Business Systems Analyst



On average in the US, tech jobs score a 77 on our Hiring Scale, meaning that they will behard-to-fill jobs. (The Hiring Scale ranges from 1-99, with 99 representing the most difficult-to-fill conditions.) Both New York and the Silicon Valley score higher than the national average. New York scores a 79, while the combined San Francisco and San Jose metros score an 82. It is likely to be more difficult to fill tech jobs in the Silicon Valley.



Hiring Scale for Tech Jobs in New York (Silicon Alley)



Hiring Scale for Tech Jobs in New York

Source: WANTED Analytics


Hiring Scale for Tech Jobs in San Francisco and San Jose (Silicon Valley)


Hiring Scale for Tech Jobs in the Silicon Valley

Source: WANTED Analytics

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