Research shows that during the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphians in the city saw a massive influx of technological work
Come here, Silicon Valley? A recent study ranked Philadelphia as the fastest-growing city in the United States for careers in technology and creative economy. Experts say it is difficult to predict which cities can take advantage of their growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Philadelphia leaders have invested in developing sustainable ways to attract and retain talent.
According to a report by the US “Financial Times”, between March 2020 and February 2021, Philadelphia’s influx of new software and IT service personnel ranked fourth (8.1%) Researched by Axios, It uses LinkedIn user profile location changes to measure the ratio of onboarding and leaving employees in the city.
Among employees eager for new opportunities, New York City is second only to Dallas-Fort Worth (8.6%), Houston (10.4%) and Miami-Fort Lauderdale (15.4%).
The workforce in traditional technology centers such as Seattle (-17.2%), New York (-18.2%) and San Francisco (-34.8%) has decreased in the past year.
What is behind the change? Tech: NYC CEO Julie Samuels told Axios: “The focus of the industry that requires people to enter Silicon Valley has relaxed.”
Samuel added: “We used to think that the quality of life was a secondary issue, and it has increasingly become the primary issue.” “We see this promote the development of science and technology across the country.”
Although San Francisco became the first city in the United States to lock down a major city during the pandemic, Axios’s Kim Hart said it will continue to attract tech employees to become the center of the industry.And, according to 2020 data, of the 80,000 households that left San Francisco in 2020, more than three-quarters stayed in California Forbes.
Experts say that the past year has posed unprecedented challenges to companies and employees all over the world, which is more attributable to the redistribution of technical talents rather than large-scale exodus.
The head of the San Francisco Venture Fund told Axios: “The moment young people live in the present may not matter because remote work is undergoing radical experiments.”
Nevertheless, Philadelphia is still working hard to promote its growth. In November 2020, the city’s Ministry of Commerce awarded four organizations a total of $500,000 through its PHL: Most Diverse Tech Hub program. City leaders said that the hope is to empower organizations to train black and brown Phillies in the technical field, so that the next wave of talented employees can be localized.
“Building a strong and diverse talent pipeline is one of the most sustainable forms of business attraction and retention, and this remains crucial as we strive to promote an inclusive economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic,” the city representative Sylvie · Gary Howard (Sylvie Gallier Howard) said.Commercial Director In the press release. “This investment will help ensure that companies, especially those in growth areas such as high-tech, choose Philadelphia as their home, and make our city a beacon of diverse technical talent.”