June 29, 2016

CBRE Research has published its third annual Scoring Tech Talent report, our comprehensive look at the shifting tech labor market in the U.S. and Canada. Tech-talent growth rates are the best indicator of labor pool momentum. By our definition, tech talent accounts for only 3.5% of the total U.S. workforce, but it should be noted that the number of tech-talent workers has increased 27% over the past five years, adding more than 1 million jobs to the national economy—a pace more than three times the national average of all other occupations. Beyond job creation, tech-talent workers are fueling new innovation and adapting technology within unconventional tech sectors to increase productivity and strengthen the national economy.

We looked across the U.S. and Canada using 13 metrics to gauge the competitive advantage of markets and their ability to attract, grow and retain tech-talent pools. This allowed us to determine the top-ranked markets for tech talent. In this report, we identify both large and small markets where demand for tech workers has surged. 

How is tech talent igniting innovation and influencing economic and real estate growth across the U.S. and Canada?

4.8 million tech-talent workers are specialized and concentrated across four key occupations

Top tech-talent markets were scored using 13 metrics, including strong labor pool and job growth

Tech talent has grown by 27% or 1 million jobs over the past five years

Highly educated millennials are flocking to top job markets



Tech-talent employers scrutinize talent and real estate costs to guide location decisions



Rising rents and declining vacancies have occurred in markets where tech firms cluster




See the full analysis of how tech talent is impacting commercial real estate in 50 North American markets ​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Click here​ to read our press release on this report.​​​​​

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