Report, Tech Talent San Diego: Tech Talent Aplenty!


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Tech Talent Aplenty in San Diego!I am technology. #blog by Trey Warme, San Diego


Below, I share an interesting piece of email marketing I received earlier this week from Erin Caffrey, Senior Communications Specialist with CBRE, San Diego Region. The news of San diego ranking #4 for millennial population growth and 17 on the overall tech talent list are both very exciting!

Equally stirring is San Diego’s ranking as the Q4 2014 20th lowest national office vacancy rate, even with the eleventh highest office asking rent by market! Please don’t hate, yes, San Diego living is THAT nice!

A growing office market momentum is also great to hear for San Diego local economy! Startups as well as new offices for established business bring need for workers, office supplies, services and technology.

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Now, on to the CBRE report:


San Diego ranks #4 for millennial population growth and #17 on the overall tech talent list!

Los Angeles, April 14, 2015  Tech talent clustering is a growing driver of demand for office space in both large and small markets across the U.S., according to a new CBRE Research report, ScoringDowntown, Tech Talent San Diego Tech Talent which ranks 50 U.S. markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent. San Diego ranks at number 17 in the report and has a 10.8 percent growth rate in millennial population from 2010-2013, which is the fourth highest rate in the country.

While established tech markets like San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and Seattle dominated the top spots on the Tech Talent Scorecard, many smaller, up-and-coming markets stood out as top momentum markets based on tech talent growth rates. Oklahoma City and Nashville had a tech talent growth rate of 39 percent between 2010 and 2013, higher than Seattle (38 percent) and just below that of San Francisco (44 percent) and Baltimore (42 percent).  Portland, OR, and Charlotte both saw tech talent growth rates of 28 percent, outpacing well-known tech markets like Austin (26.5 percent), Silicon Valley (20.8 percent) and Los Angeles (13.6 percent).  San Diego’s talent growth rate from 2010-2013 was 31.2 percent, putting it in the top ten largest markets for tech talent growth.

Tech talent growth rates are the best indicator of labor pool momentum and it’s easily quantifiable to identify the markets where demand for tech workers has surged, said Colin Yasukochi, director research and analysis for CBRE. Tech talent growth, primarily within the high-tech industry, has recently been the top driver of office leasing activity in the U.S.

ThoughTech Center, Tech Talent San Diego tech talent  comprises only 3.4 percent of the total U.S. workforce (4.4 million workers), the high-tech industry accounted for more major U.S. office leasing activity than any sector in both 2013 (13.6 percent) and 2014 (19.0 percent), according to the CBRE report. San Diego’s office vacancy rate for Q4 2014 was 13.0 percent, placing it in the top 20 lowest rates in the country. The annual office gross rents were $28.60 which is the eleventh highest office asking rent by market.

For the past two years, the high-tech industry has not only spurred the economy as a whole, but it has been the top driver of commercial office activity, influencing rents and vacancy in major markets across the U.S., including San Diego, said Andrew Ewald, Vice President, who leads CBRE’s Tech and Media Practice in San Diego. Tech companies continue to outpace all other industries in San Diego. In the last 12 months we have seen a spike in venture capital spending which is increasing the demand for office space for tech companies.


The top 10 large markets on the Tech Talent Score Card (identified as markets with a talent pool above 50,000 tech professionals) were:


1.    Silicon Valley, CA
2.    Washington, D.C.
3.    San Francisco, CA
4.    San Francisco Peninsula, CA
5.    New York, NY
6.    Seattle, WA
7.    Boston, MA
8.    Baltimore, MD
9.    Austin, TX
10. Atlanta, GA


Dallas, Orange County, Chicago and Raleigh-Durham took the 11, 12, 13 and 14 spots on the list, before a small market—defined as a market with a tech talent labor pool of less than 50,000—made its way onto the list.  The top ranked small markets included:


15.  Oakland, CA
16.   Edison, NJ
23.   Columbus, OH
25.   Salt Lake City, UT
26.   Portland, OR
27.   Newark, NJ
29.   Long Island, NY
30.   Kansas City, MO31.   Charlotte, NC33.   Cincinnati, OH


The report also looked at which markets present the greatest cost for occupiers based on wages paid to employees and rent paid for office space. CBRE Research combined these two costs for a “typical” 500-person tech firm needing 75,000 sq. ft. of office space for each market and found that for large markets, Silicon Valley is the highest cost and Detroit is the lowest cost. For smaller markets, Oakland is the highest cost and Oklahoma City is the lowest cost.

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The CBRE report also identified various characteristics that are shared by tech talent markets:


  • Gender Diversity:  The U.S. average breakdown for tech talent occupations is 76.2 percent male and 23.8 percent female. Half of tech talent markets have a greater concentration of women in these occupations when compared with the U.S. average, but the numbers are still imbalanced. The most gender-diverse tech talent market is Philadelphia, where females occupy 31 percent of tech talent occupations.
  • Education: Nearly 75 percent of the top 50 tech talent markets have an educational attainment rate above the national average. New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles topped the list for the most tech degrees completed in a two-year period.  When it comes to small markets, Columbus was the standout in this area, besting large markets like Dallas/Ft. Worth and Philadelphia in the number of tech degrees completed in the last two years.  These numbers are an indication of future tech talent growth.
  • Millennials: The presence of millennials in the workforce has contributed to the growth of tech talent labor pools. In Boston, millennials make up more than 25 percent of the total population. In Washington, D.C., the millennial population has increased by 26.5 percent since 2009.


“Though highly concentrated within the high-tech services industry, tech talent is not limited to any one type of company and can be found across all industry sectors. In fact, more than 60 percent of tech talent jobs are located outside of the core high-tech industry and these workers help generate innovation and advances that can boost the whole economy, including the commercial real estate market,” said Yasukochi.


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Warm regards,


Erin Caffrey | Senior Communications Specialist
CBRE | San Diego Region
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