Market Overview

Tightening Supply for Highly Skilled Labor Means Rising Costs in 50 Tech Talent Markets Across the U.S. and Canada, Reports CBRE


San Francisco Bay Area and Seattle remain the highest quality
despite cost escalations, with the best value markets led by four
Canadian cities

Companies in pursuit of highly skilled tech talent – spanning every
industry today – face combined talent and occupancy costs that are as
much as 12.5 percent higher than last year as competition for tech
talent has heated up, according to CBRE's
sixth annual Scoring
Tech Talent report

Taking both talent and real estate costs into consideration, the
"typical" 500-person tech company needing 75,000 sq. ft. of office space
can expect a total annual cost to range from $27 million in Montreal,
the least expensive market, to $59 million in the San Francisco Bay
Area, the most expensive market. Just a year ago, the total costs ranged
from $24 million in Vancouver to $57 million in the San Francisco Bay

Canadian markets were among the best-value markets, due in part
to the strong U.S. dollar, with Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal and Ottawa
offering high-quality talent at relatively low cost. In the U.S.,
Indianapolis, Pittsburgh and Detroit were strong value markets.

CBRE's interactive Tech
Talent Analyzer
found the San Francisco Bay Area, Austin and
Seattle to be the most competitive markets to hire tech talent based on
labor market supply/demand, wage costs and talent quality.

Tech Talent Scorecard

The top five markets for tech talent in 2018 were the San Francisco Bay
Area, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Toronto (the first time a Canadian
market made the top five) and New York.

The Tech Talent Scorecard is determined based on 13 unique metrics,
including tech talent supply, growth, concentration, cost, completed
tech degrees, industry outlook for job growth, and market outlook for
both office and apartment rent cost growth. The top 10 cities on the
Tech Talent Scorecard were all large markets, each with a tech labor
pool of more than 50,000.

"Tech employment growth has a multiplier effect that positively impacts
economic growth, which in turn can have an immense impact on commercial
real estate," said Colin
, director of research and analysis for CBRE in the San
Francisco Bay Area.

About CBRE Group, Inc.

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headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world's largest commercial real
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