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NPR: “Competition For Tech Talent Heats Up In Seattle Area”

EngineerGrowthDraft3“From 2010 to 2013, the number of people working as software engineers in the Seattle metro area rose 14 percent … As of last year, a total of 48,725 software engineers were employed in the region …

“And there are still thousands more engineering jobs that have yet to be filled. Microsoft and Amazon alone are advertising close to 2,500 open engineering positions …

“And it’s not just the big local companies, like Amazon, Microsoft and Expedia that are hiring. In the past few years, a whole host of new companies — including Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter and eBay — have moved into the Seattle area to compete for talent …

“Rich Williams, senior vice president of marketing for Groupon … says outside companies are now discovering what locals have long known: the Seattle area is a great place to find talent.

“‘You have deep technology roots here. You have an increasingly vibrant start-up and entrepreneurial community, you have a great university system, and a lot of great companies operating here,’ Williams said.”

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September 28, 2013