U.S. tech workers flock to Canada

Tech companies in Canada have seen a sudden rise in applicants from the U.S following last year’s U.S. election following Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration.

A survey taken by 42 Canadian startups revealed that almost 50% recognised a significant increase in applicants for jobs from the U.S. during this year. Those who took the survey weren’t able to pinpoint the leading factor for this, though it’s been largely suggested that the change in America’s social and political climate since the infamous election could be a driving force for U.S. talent uprooting North.

“Engineers wanting to immigrate to Canada from places like India are normal, but I’ve never seen anything close to the numbers of candidates from the U.S.” said Roy Pereira, CEO of automated virtual assistant company Zoom.ai. “Normally, we see zero to very small numbers of engineers applying to technical roles in Canada.”

A recent Zoom.ai full-stack software engineer posting attracted in excess of a hundred applicants, 31 percent of whom were from the U.S.

Shopify, a Canadian e-commerce company received a bigger percentage of applicants from the U.S. in the first quarter of 2017 than the whole of last year. February, in particular, had the largest number of American job seekers.

85% of applicants for business development roles at data and drug discovery company Cyclica were U.S. based, which totals as a 50% increase from last year.

A study by tech occupation platform Hired was carried out earlier this year, it found that tech companies are actually looking to interview fewer international candidates, which could prove problematic for many.

Many U.S. tech companies count on global talent, according to recent news they might now be facing the reality of also losing domestic talent.