What are Seattle Employers Demanding Now?

The Seattle area has long been attractive to those wanting a balanced lifestyle. It’s easy to see the allure:

  • Great restaurants
  • City officials pushing technology initiatives to raise the public’s quality of life
  • Neighborhoods with personalities of their own
  • Plenty of places to escape outside the city

Yet, it was only in the last few years that companies took notice of its employee’s desire for a work-life balance. This prompted droves of companies to find footing in the Seattle area. And, since large employers like Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing, University of Washington, and Starbucks were well established with experienced employees, the companies that moved in later had an easy time acquiring talented employees from them.

However, as more companies followed suit, qualified talent grew scarce, and employees had to be recruited from other areas, like the San Francisco Bay Area and Austin, TX.

As companies continue to grow and more companies move in, new talent is needed to fill open positions. Today, there are close to 36,000 job openings (Linkedin), in the Seattle area. Last year, resulting from 60,000 new employees, Seattle saw, on average, 500 new residents per week.

Employee demand is driving the market

It’s safe to assume that the massive influx of employees and new residents is driving the demand for housing. Consequently, the housing inventory is at a historic low. So, we broke down the current demand for employees in Seattle and (for perspective) included Seattle’s Fortune 500 companies.

Total Seattle Businesses (calculated): Seattle-OED Businesses Data (2015)
Total Seattle Employees (calculated): Seattle-OED Employee Data (2015) and BLS (SEA-TAC-BELL)
Seattle job openings (03/22/18): Linkedin jobs search 

#12 Amazon
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Marketwatch-Amazon Profile
Job openings (03/22/18): Amazon Careers

#131 Starbucks
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Marketwatch-Starbucks Profile
Job openings (03/22/18): Starbucks Careers

#188 Nordstrom
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Forbes-Nordstrom Profile
Job openings (03/22/18): Nordstrom Careers

#429 Expeditors International of Washington
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Marketwatch-Expeditors Profile
Job openings (03/22/18): Expeditors Careers

#438 Alaska Air Group
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Marketwatch-Alaska Air Group
Job openings (03/22/18): Alaska Airlines Careers

#940 F5 Networks
Employees in Seattle (03/22/18): Linkedin people search
Worldwide employees: Marketwatch-F5 Networks Profile
Job openings (03/22/18): F5 Networks Careers

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