Boston and New York See Surge in Hiring – Second Quarter 2015 Digital Jobs Index

New York Adds 6.3% and Boston Adds 5.0% for Q2

ON Partners (, a leading retained executive search firm, has compiled the results of its quarterly East Coast Digital Jobs Index. After a very slow start to the year, both Boston and New York City made up for that with a large increase in hiring in the second quarter. Overall, New York has seen a healthy increase in hiring activity in the first half of 2015 versus the prior year while Boston’s hiring rate has slightly declined during the same comparison period.

ON Search Partners’ John Barrett observed: “This was the largest increase quarter-over-quarter that we have seen since our survey began in 2012. We expect to see a typical slowdown in summer hiring coming up, but overall hiring activity is very strong.”

New York’s Top 10 list of job creators includes for the first time Business Insider and Blue Apron. The Big Apple’s Up And Comers List for the first time includes Fanduel, Kargo, 1stdibs, venmo, SeatGeek, xAd, JW Player and Betterment.

Boston’s Top 10 list includes EverQuote for the first time while the city’s Up and Comers List includes newcomers peerTransfer, Curata and Jebbit.


Quarterly Employment Change in Digital Jobs (%)


Second Quarter 2015 results from ON Search Partners' Digital Jobs Index:


395 Internet and digital companies with 10+ employees in New York City

  • Approximately 2,930 jobs added for a 6.3% gain

Top 10 companies showing largest headcount gains in New York include:

  1. Google
  2. Amazon
  3. Facebook
  4. Business Insider
  5. LinkedIn
  6. BuzzFeed
  7. Blue Apron
  8. Yelp
  9. Refinery29
  10. AppNexus

Up-and-coming private companies showing large headcount gains:

  • Oscar Insurance
  • ClassPass
  • Grovo
  • Fanduel
  • Sprinklr
  • Bustle
  • Yext
  • Mashable
  • Kargo
  • FreeWheel
  • 1stdibs
  • Percolate
  • chloe & isabel
  • Venmo
  • BaubleBar
  • FarePortal
  • Integral Ad Science
  • SeatGeek
  • LiveIntent
  • xAd
  • JW Player
  • Squarespace
  • Dataminr
  • VEVO
  • Betterment
  • Zola
  • Poppin
  • Shareablee


192 Internet and digital companies with 10+ employees in Boston

  • Approximately 950 jobs added for a 5.0% gain

Top 10 companies showing largest headcount gains in Boston include:

  1. Amazon
  2. Google
  3. HubSpot
  4. DraftKings
  6. Localytics
  7. TripAdvisor
  8. Demandware
  9. EverQuote
  10. CarGurus

Up-and-coming private companies showing large headcount gains:

  • Skyword
  • Placester
  • Jana
  • HourlyNerd
  • Gazelle
  • Salsify
  • PillPack
  • Drizly
  • Nanigans
  • ezCater
  • Jebbit
  • Pixability
  • Jobcase
  • RAMP
  • Curata
  • DealerRater
  • SiteSpect
  • Invaluable
  • SessionM
  • Promoboxx
  • peerTransfer


ON Partners surveyed only pure-play Internet and digital companies. Based on its research, the company believes that the businesses surveyed represent more than 90 percent of the Internet and digital employees in New York and Boston. Major digital sub-sectors covered include consumer Internet, small business Internet, advertising technology, consumer payments and marketing automation. Excluded from the survey were digital-focused employees of “traditional” companies and digital ad agencies. ON Partners continually adds or subtracts companies for inclusion in the Index based on the criteria of employing 10 or more employees in either the New York or Boston metropolitan areas. ON Partners’ East Coast Digital Jobs Index is current as of July 1, 2015.

John Barrett:
Twitter (@jbarrett):!/jbarrett

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