Toronto tech talent earns top 3 ranking in North America: report

Jul 17 2019, 9:08 pm

Silicon Valley be warned: Toronto’s tech sector is on the rise, and it’s currently outpacing the likes of major North American tech hubs including the Washington DC, New York, Austin, and Boston, according to a new report.

CBRE has released its latest Scoring Tech Talent report and it revealed that Toronto has risen to become North America’s top third market for tech talent, following the likes of the San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle, respectively.

In fact, Toronto’s pool of tech talent grew at the fastest pace of all 50 markets measured, with an impressive 80,100 tech jobs added in the past five years—which is a 54% increase.

The report also revealed that Toronto has nearly equalled the number of tech jobs created in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2013.

“We hear about tech more and more, but in a thriving city like Toronto, the impact of tech companies and the growing influence of tech talent cannot be overstated,” said CBRE Canada Vice Chairman Paul Morassutti in a statement.

“Tech job growth has a multiplier effect in the economy and the influence of tech is re-shaping virtually every sector of real estate. Toronto, San Francisco, and Seattle are comfortably mentioned in the same sentence and are attracting the best in the industry,” added Morassutti. 

CBRE states it calculates ranking scores using 13 unique metrics, including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed tech degrees, industry outlook for tech job growth, and market outlook for office and rental housing cost growth.

Top cities San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto earned scores of 84.79, 73.82, and 69.88, respectively.

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Elsewhere in Canada, Vancouver and Montreal took the 12th and 13th spots, respectively, while Ottawa rounded out the Canadian markets at 19th.

Average wages in Toronto’s tech industry: Statistics Canada

Toronto tech industry, CBRE 2019 Scoring Tech Talent. (CBRE)

CBRE Scoring Tech Talent 2019 ranking

  1. San Francisco
  2. Seattle
  3. Toronto
  4. Washington DC
  5. New York City
  6. Austin
  7. Boston
  8. Denver
  9. Atlanta
  10. Raleigh-Durham (NC)
  11. Dallas-Forth Worth
  12. Vancouver
  13. Montreal
  14. Baltimore
  15. Salt Lake City
  16. Portland
  17. Minneapolis
  18. San Diego
  19. Ottawa
  20. Phoenix
  21. Chicago
  22. Philadelphia
  23. Los Angeles
  24. Detroit
  25. Madison (WI)
  26. Orange County
  27. Columbus
  28. Newark
  29. Tampa
  30. Charlotte (NC)

You can find the full report here.

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