Bay Area and New York Continue to outpace Boston, according to latest report from ON Partners

CLEVELAND, OH – August 16, 2018 – ON Partners, the results-driven retained executive search firm, today announced the results of its Digital Jobs Index for the second quarter of 2018. The major tech hubs of Boston, New York and the Bay Area showed improvement in hiring across the board.

The vast majority of companies in each of the three cities, 70+ percent, increased their headcount, an indicator that headcount increases are occurring on a broad scale. With 7,495 jobs added and a 3.5% employment gain in the second quarter, the Bay Area led tech hiring, followed by New York with the addition of approximately 3,015 jobs and a 4.2% gain. Boston’s headcount growth was at 3.0%, with a headcount increase of 1,830 people.

The largest headcount gains came from familiar names, with Wayfair adding 472 jobs in Boston, Amazon adding 511 jobs in New York City and Google adding 1,609 jobs in the Bay Area. When looking at the top 10 companies adding the most jobs in each locale, New York City is an anomaly in that eight out of the top ten companies are headquartered elsewhere: Most of New York’s hiring is being driven by the likes of Amazon, Google, Facebook and Uber, all California-based companies. In Boston and the Bay Area, the majority of the top 10 companies are homegrown in each of those locations.

Other companies are contributing to the healthy hiring as well. Salsify and ezCater showed notable headcount gains in Boston; New York City saw strong increases by Justworks and Datadog; and the Bay Area saw continued strong hiring from Airbnb, Slack, Pinterest and DocuSign.

“Hiring activity was certainly firing on all cylinders in the second quarter and we don’t see any slowdown in the short-term,” noted John Barrett, partner at ON Partners. “What’s most encouraging is that job growth is happening at an increasing number of companies and the strong tech economy seems to be benefitting most employers.”

Full results of the survey are published below.









Boston data:

Approximately 1,830 jobs added for a 3.0% gain

Top 10 companies showing largest headcount gains in Boston include:

  1. Wayfair
  2. Amazon
  3. HubSpot
  4. IBM
  5. Google
  6. TripAdvisor
  7. DraftKings
  8. Microsoft
  9. Kronos
  10. CarGurus

Other Boston area companies showing notable gains in headcount:

  • ezCater
  • Quick Base
  • Carbon Black
  • Rocket Software
  • Salsify
  • Bullhorn
  • Datadog
  • Rue La La
  • ZoomInfo
  • BitSight

New York City data:
Approximately 3,015 jobs added for a 4.2% gain
Top 10 companies showing largest headcount gains in New York City include:

  1.  Amazon
  2. Google
  3. Compass/
  4. WeWork
  5. Facebook
  6. Uber
  7. Paypal
  8. Spotify
  9. Microsoft
  10. Yelp

Other New York City area companies showing notable gains in headcount:

  • Flatiron Health
  • Oscar Health
  • Pinterest
  • Justworks
  • Datadog
  • Moda Operandi
  • Warby Parker
  • Squarespace
  • foursquare
  • BounceX


Bay Area data:

Approximately 7,495 jobs added for a 3.5% gain
Top 10 companies showing largest headcount gains in the Bay Area include:

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Facebook
  4. Salesforce
  5. Uber
  6. Amazon
  7. Workday
  8. Lyft
  9. Splunk
  10. Square

Other Bay Area companies showing notable gains in headcount:

  • Airbnb
  • Slack
  • Dropbox
  • Pinterest
  • DocuSign
  • Cloudflare
  • Credit Karma
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Pivotal

ON Partners identified the leading 100 software and internet companies in Boston, New York City and the Bay Area. When considering a company’s eligibility to be included in the top 100, ON Partners looks at the number of local employees in each city, employment growth and importance to the local technology community. The Digital Jobs Index represents the quarterly headcount change in LinkedIn among those 100 companies in each metropolitan area within a 50 mile radius. ON Partners’ Digital Jobs Index is current as of June 30, 2018. 


John BarrettJohn Barrett
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