San Francisco isn't the toughest place to hire tech pros these days. The talent crunch is worse in New York City than in the renowned West Coast tech stronghold, according to IT staffing specialist Dice.com. Recruiting challenges are also hitting other U.S. cities across the country.
"Competition for talent has certainly become much more fierce," says Shravan Goli, president of Dice. "It's never been easy, and it's only going to get tougher."
Dice surveyed hiring managers and recruiters to come up with its list of the 12 toughest U.S. cities to recruit tech talent. Here they are, along with the current number of available tech jobs in each city:
1. New York City (8,047 jobs)
2. San Francisco (4,603 jobs)
3. Washington, D.C. (6,316 jobs)
4. Detroit (1,021 jobs)
5. Boston (2,701 jobs)
6. Chicago (3,478 jobs)
7. Los Angeles (2,960 jobs)
8. Little Rock, AR (job numbers unavailable*)
9. Milwaukee, WI (379 jobs)
10. Seattle (2,389 jobs)
11. St. Louis, MO (892 jobs)
12. Tampa, FL (622 jobs)