Written by Jared Lindzon
Published in Expert IP
With a high demand for technology workers and the world’s fifth-highest proportion of tech talent, the Greater Toronto Area is the perfect place for those with technology skills to launch a career, according to new research by LinkedIn and CivicAction.
The report, which leveraged data from LinkedIn, found that of the 1.9 million members of the social network in the GTA, 11 per cent (or 214,000 members) listed technology skills in their profile. That proportion ranks well above mega-cities like New York and Chicago, coming in fifth behind the Bay Area, Greater Seattle, Sydney and Stockholm.
While there’s a glut of supply for tech skills, demand remains high, though the main employers are not traditional technology or IT companies. The report found that one in 10 GTA companies, or approximately 11,000 organizations, employ early-career technology skills, and only 31 per cent of employees with technology skills work in the technology sector.
Tech skills are also prominent among the most recently hired employees in the region, with a quarter of those who began their career last year listing tech skills and 73 per cent finding work outside the technology industry.
This research exemplifies how there is no longer a singular path to a successful career for tech talent in the GTA, explains Sevaun Palvetzian, CEO of CivicAction.
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