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Off Metro Sourcing for IT Talent

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Where can you find more than twice the expected number of software developers, project managers, systems analysts, and web developers? If you answered Frisco, Texas, you’d be correct, according to a 2014 labor market study for the Frisco Economic Development Corporation. The study, which focused on a 10-mile radius around the city of Frisco, found that this area of North Texas has more than twice the national average for key information technology occupations.

I can vouch for these statistics, as Randstad Technologies has a center in Frisco where we develop and manage IT talent in a collaborative application development environment so our client companies don’t have to. The center has proved to be a real boon to us and our clients, and it’s growing exponentially. We’re able to find great talent. People enjoy living and working in the area, so we can fill the positions we need with reliable talent.

Frisco has proved to be a real boon to us and our clients, and it’s growing exponentially.

Whereas in San Francisco, the ratio of supply to demand for specific IT skills is one to seven, in Frisco it’s one to three. As an example, for one of our largest engagements, we were able to fill 30 IT positions in three weeks—an amazing rate of success. For these same skill sets in larger metro areas, we’d have to interview 10 candidates to find just one.

Areas such as Frisco are part of what we call “off-metro sourcing”—a trend toward hiring in markets that offer the same caliber of talent as top metro markets but at a lower cost. In the rapidly innovating tech sector, you often need talent in both types of markets, but you can have more people for greater amounts of time in an off-metro market.

For instance, a company that works with emerging technologies might need senior-level, highly experienced people at the start of the process when the technology is in the early adoption stage. They might start out hiring in tech hubs like San Francisco, New York, and Boston. Later on in the development cycle, however, when the technology reaches the early maturity stage and the supply of those experts reaches critical mass, the company still needs talented people but maybe not at the same level. They might want to retain some of that truly expert talent, but they’ll lower their development costs significantly by seeking talent in off-metro markets like Frisco.

Companies are relocating to North Texas because of the attractive tax incentives, excellent cost of living, and friendly people coupled with excellent restaurants, culture, and sports and entertainment attractions.

Companies still find highly skilled people but sometimes at a 20 percent cost reduction. That’s a significant savings for reducing the total cost of the project ownership. But the real savings come when that’s coupled with lower attrition of resources and a higher customer satisfaction on the quality of the work product.

Companies are relocating to North Texas because of the attractive tax incentives, excellent cost of living, and friendly people coupled with excellent restaurants, culture, and sports and entertainment attractions. Many are working with solutions providers like Randstad Technologies, a company that is connected with a pool of highly skilled tech talent and can implement cost-effective technology solutions.


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A senior executive with 20-plus years’ experience, Todd Chusid leads Randstad Technologies’ Mobile and Modern Web Practice. He has championed enterprise-level business technology solutions for For(...)

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