The MLS Cup trophy atop the Space Needle in Seattle this week. (Seattle Sounders FC Photo via Twitter)
It’s a familiar feeling. For the third time in four years, the Seattle Sounders FC and Toronto FC will meet in the MLS Cup to settle the question of soccer supremacy.
But there’s also something familiar about what’s going on off the pitch. The two cities aren’t just competing in professional soccer — the names Seattle and Toronto are consistently showing up on lists identifying the world’s premier technology hubs.
Whether it’s tech talent, job growth, livability or places where Amazon’s HQ2 could have landed, Toronto is a mainstay in the tech-hotspot mix that seems to always include Silicon Valley at the top, followed by Seattle and a host of contenders such as Austin, Washington, D.C., Boston, Vancouver, B.C., and others.
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This summer, The Sun reported on Toronto’s rise to the No. 3 city in North America for tech talent. The largest city in Canada added 80,100 tech jobs over the past five years for a total of 228,500 tech workers in 2018. At No. 2 on that list? Seattle.
But when it comes to pay, all of those Toronto tech workers are making much less than their American counterparts. Another recent report showed Seattle at No. 2 again, this time on Hired’s State of Salaries, which had average pay at $138,000. Toronto is looking good with a 9 percent “paycheck growth rate” from 2017 to 2018 to $100,000 per year. But adjusted to American dollars, tech workers are making $74,000 annually — half what they could make in Silicon Valley.
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