Yahoo, Google and Jobs


UBS Research analyst Benjamin Schachter has spent time analyzing the job postings for Google and Yahoo and has come-up with interesting analysis.

Google has 1,800 open positions, or 27% of its current headcount (vs. 800, or 23% last year); and nearly 51% are for overseas operations. The focus is still on R&D with int’l 45% of int’l openings are in engineering, ops and R&D.

Yahoo’s hiring growth is flat to down 800 positions vs. 935 last year (8% of headcount vs. 12%) and 29% of postings are int’l vs. 15% last year (postings in 15 countries total). Oh yeah, they are looking to hire people who know a thing or two about Web 2.0, communities and user-gen content.

Notable specific job postings for each company:
Jobs related to mobile, TV, ad agencies, legal, emerging market “scouts”, video content, Web 2.0, womens media, India, search relevancy and monetization, devices, among others.


Bradley Twohig

Watchout for Yahoo, they get a number of things that Google doesn’t when it comes to dealing with people and how they relate to the internet. There is a reason they are looking for people with community generated content knowledge. Dominating search will come back to the better approach, only a few people can play in that sandbox right now and Yahoo is placing some large bets in some pretty revolutionary areas. I just hope they took my suggestions.

David H. Deans

It would be insightful to compare Yahoo! and Google job postings for people skilled with digital media experience, and then compare those with the movie studios and broadcast networks own tech job postings — as the portal and studios/broadcasters share a common interest in hiring experts to built a direct-to-consumer video delivery model to essentially bypass the broadband service providers.


The Yahoo factoid is interesting. They looked like they were going to ramp up original content production recently.

Maybe they still will. UGC and revenues are still having problems finding each other. Even MySpace is using original content (screening onine episodes of 24) to generate revenues.


Interesting. Is this info from a larger published study? Is it publicly available?


High demand for R&D people in intnl market..but the growing trend now seems to be that these highly skilled people do not want to work for these giants but instead venture out on their own or atleast when they get an opportunity. So, the demand is going to stay.


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