Hiring in the Silicon Alley vs. Silicon Valley

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 the Silicon 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 be hard-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

Are you recruiting for tech jobs in the Silicon Alley or Silicon Valley? Find out who you are competing for talent with and where to find potential candidates with a free trial of WANTED Analytics.

Already a user? Log in and copy/paste any job ad into the Search Wizard. Tell us what skills or certifications are mandatory for a position and, in just seconds, we'll show you local recruiting conditions, profiles for potential candidates, who you are competing for talent.