War for Tech Talent Hits White Hot' New York Startup Scene

Monday Dec 13th 2010 by Datamation.com Staff

It's a great time to be a programmer or software engineer in the Big Apple.

Wired: While New York City's unemployment rate sits above nine percent, anecdotal evidence suggests that programmers and software engineers aren't having a problem finding work. Old media giants are battling for talent with startups like Gilt Group, Etsy, Foursquare, Tumblr, Intent Media, Rent-the-Runway and others.

“Right now in New York City every technology company is hiring engineers, programmers, Java developers or PHP/Perl developers,” said Dave Carvajal, CEO of headhunting firm Dave Partners. “I haven’t seen it this hot since 1997. It’s white-hot. In the past week I’ve had 5 top-notch programmers and four of them each had four offers, and we closed three of those five.”

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