I recently checked out the Canadian Craigslist scene after reading some recent posts by Guy Kawasaki. I’ve heard that Craigslist is big in the San Francisco Bay area, but how is it catching on in Canada’s largest cities? I devised a small survey to compare the regions, and wow, what a difference.
I compared Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and the surrounding area (known as the GTA), to the San Francisco Bay area. I also threw in Montreal, Vancouver, and their surrounding areas. I looked at some of my software specialities, including the Python programming language and Linux, and at some general Web2.0 activity indicators.
As searched on Sept. 23rd, 2007:
|Population (2006)||7 million||5.5 million||2.1 million||3.6 million|
|Python in Jobs||386||27||23||16|
|Linux in Jobs||1157||247||244||75|
|Ruby in Jobs||259||31||55||6|
|Python in Gigs||14||0||0||0|
|Ruby in Gigs||41||0||0||0|
|AJAX in Jobs||577||222||121||41|
|Developer in Jobs||1206||772||456||141|
|Software Engineer in Jobs||1458||98||99||26|
|Programmer in Jobs||269||234||169||80|
|Startup in Software Jobs||234||10||4||4|
|Startup in Internet Engineering Jobs||179||4||1||4|
heri noted in the comments that the Montréal numbers are irrelevant, because most job postings will be in French.
Some interesting observations:
- Why does everyone in S.F. want a Software Engineer, but in Toronto they only want Developers?
- I have heard that the Linux scene in Toronto is pretty dead. Answer: yep.
- I have heard that Vancouver is a bigger tech hub, per capita, than Toronto: perhaps, going by the Cutting Edge Indicators (Ruby, Open Source/Linux, startups, and overall Craigslist usage).
Do keep in mind that this is just a survey, and unscientific in every way. But do feel free to have fun with the numbers, and draw your own conclusions.