Web engineers high in demand
Recruiting battles boosting salaries in Silicon Valley
Zachary Taylor is a wanted man.
Part-programmer, part-designer, the 28-year old Oakland software engineer has
an inbox filled with e-mails from recruiters trying to pull him away from his
job at InsiderPages, a user reviews start-up in San Francisco.
Taylor's at the forefront of a hyper-competitive battle for Web talent
that's raging in corporate office parks across Silicon Valley. This new war in
the second Internet age has boosted salaries and more than doubled Web engineer
job postings in the past year.
"It really is a battlefield," said Tess Rogers, a longtime valley
headhunter who recently co-founded Web 2.0 Hire, which focuses on social
networking and other cutting-edge Web sites.
"Across every business, the demand is huge. It's simple economics - not
enough supply and increased demand."
The hiring spree is leading to a replay of the first dot-com boom's talent
crunch - which peaked about seven years ago - and comes just three years after
it was tough for many programmers to find any work at all.
This time around, companies aren't giving away cars as signing bonuses. But
salaries are soaring well into the six figures (plus stock options) for elite
engineers, according to more than two dozen employees, recruiters and executives
at start-ups and large businesses.
Most in demand are engineers like Taylor who are well-versed in Ruby on
Rails, a computer code framework that allows programmers to more easily create attractive Web sites that deliver heaps of data; and experts in methods
such as AJAX, the oft-used buzzword that describes a set of Web programming
techniques that have become ubiquitous at Web 2.0 companies.
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