Hootsuite will likely have to recruit internationally to add to the ranks of its 80 software engineers, said
"It's a bit of a brain drain," Humphrey said. "It's really difficult to compete with really highly funded
Hootsuite's senior software engineers help build mobile apps allowing its customers to manage and measure their social networks.
It competes against recruiters, such as
"In order to keep people here, we have to do a better job of promoting ourselves," said Humphrey.
"Then they'll come back to
He said the growing use of smartphones means there's a huge demand for software engineers who can develop mobile apps. He said it's not unusual to for annual salaries to run between
Hired.com said it narrows down the list of applicants for tech companies, and candidates usually get multiple offers from which to choose. They'll have the opportunity to work for firms such as mobile payments company Square, online vacation rental company Airbnb, online ticketing service Eventbrite and social networking giant
Analyst Kash Pashootan said there aren't enough big tech or startup firms in
"Even for the patriotic, diehard Canadian who insists on their startup being in
He said 68 per cent of Canadian startups have been sold to U.S. companies in the past five years, citing the sale
However, Pashootan said the Canadian government has made it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs with a visa program that links them to private sector organizations who are experts in working with start ups.
"I would say there's a top tier of talent that exists here that is unrivalled," said Isenberg, 25.
Dean of Engineering Pearl Sullivan said she's not sure the movement of engineers can be called a "brain drain" any more, as the tech marketplace is global in reach. And some of the engineers to return to
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