That was part of an IM with CTO a couple of weeks ago after one of his senior developers gave his two weeks notice. He is leaving for Silicon Valley and Facebook.
With there being a number of these stories the past 24 months a lot of locals, from recruiters to CEO’s, are concerned with the “exodus” to the West Coast.
As I noted in my Minnesota IT Jobs Report (video posted below) we have had a number of Silicon Valley, San Francisco and Seattle tech companies recruiting here. This is a slide as an example of Amazon’s activity here (click to enlarge):
I don’t think Facebook, Amazon and other West Coast tech companies recruiting here are the big issue.
I posted the Minnesota IT Jobs Report for 2015 yesterday (and below) and have already had a number of inquiries mostly from Minnesota startup and tech company (a few from San Francisco and Silicon Valley) CEO’s – CIO’s – CTO’s – Recruiters asking some version of this question:
Do we have enough IT pros in Minnesota?
That’s a loaded question because I already know they believe the answer is no. And the reason why is they are having a hard time with hiring.
This is my perspective and opinion, just want to get that out there before saying this…
YES there is.
And companies are proving it every day.
A large number of companies are growing their teams, some of them significantly and with little effort.
The question should be:
How big is the pool of people who want to work at this location, in this culture, with these benefits, on this product, with these people, for this CEO, with this manager, at this salary and do we have an effective recruiting strategy?
The most frequently asked questions I receive are some variations of:
What’s going on with Minnesota IT Jobs?
What’s the going salary/rate for a…
“War for Talent” real or not?
How in demand are my skills?
Why can’t we find who we are looking for?
To give some clarity about “what’s going in Minnesota” around this time of year (after all the spring events and conferences) I put together a summary of all of the info I have gathered over the past months, add in a bunch of reference points from national IT job and salary surveys and put it online.
The 2015 version below is 32 minutes in length with 95 slides…. it moves pretty quick:
What’s going on in MN
Recruiting & Retention
Job and Skills in demand
If you are a startup CEO, in HR or a corporate recruiter, tech manager or CIO, coordinate a tech group or are an IT professional (did I leave anyone out?) and have questions, thoughts or comments, or want a copy of the slide deck send me an email: