Talent Wars: The Race for Tech Brains

In Silicon Valley, one of the favorite tools of recruiters is the staff list at other tech companies. No wonder when the number of job openings in the tech sector continue to climb, but the number of graduates with the proper skills does not.

Poaching talent has become an art form and it's expected to become even more aggressive in the coming years, according to data pulled together in an infographic on Udemy.com. The online course builder worked with Column 5 to pull together an in-depth look at the so-called "Arms Race" in tech.

The most interesting tidbits, to me, were that the number of computer and information science degrees awarded in the U.S. over the past eight years or so has been on the decline, while the demand for workers with those skills has been on the rise. IT job postings online, according to the data, have increased 47 percent over the past year.

So, recruiters expect poaching to increase, even as some say they might be loathe to hire an employee who's previously been poached - most likely because that means that person might be more willing to jump ship if presented with a lucrative contract.

The big losers: Digg, Yahoo and Google. It should be noted, however, that Digg's loss came primarily through layoffs, even though the employees who lost their jobs were eagerly gobbled up by other tech companies.

Here's the infographic, with lots of other juicy tidbits of info: