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Feb 11

Demand for Tech Talent in Chicago Continues to Rise

Chicago’s technology ecosystem has grown rapidly in recent years thanks to the hundreds of expanding technology companies and digital startups that call the city home. These companies need tech talent to continue to thrive, which makes it a great time to be a talented tech worker living in Chicago.

From today’s Crain’s Chicago Business:


While the overall economy slowly grinds forward, demand for tech workers—especially the developers who build software programs—continues to rise, squeezing companies that rely on their talents. The unemployment rate for tech workers is under 4 percent nationally, less than half the average for the economy at large. In some specialty areas, it's effectively nonexistent.

The tech job market is “the tightest I've seen it since the tech boom in the late 1990s,” says Rona Borre, CEO of recruiting and tech-staffing firm Instant Technology LLC in the West Loop.

Recruiters and employers are getting creative, wooing techies with food and drink, offering them signing bonuses and perks that range from free haircuts to oil changes. Employers are remaking their offices and hiring strategies. Unable to hire enough workers on the open market, companies are filling some of the gaps by training their own workers.

The Chicagoland Chamber is a strong supporter of emerging tech companies, whose success will attract investment in the city and create jobs now and in the future.

Click here to read the full Crain’s Chicago Business story.

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