You can probably guess which company lists the most open blockchain-related jobs on Glassdoor. Surprise, it’s IBM, a company that seems to come out with a new blockchain-related announcement roughly every week.
According to data The Next Web’s Hard Fork collected from Glassdoor, everyone’s favorite website for complaining about their employers, most blockchain job opportunities are currently located in the U.S, and nearly 110 of them are available at IBM.
It’s not an exaggeration that IBM has near weekly blockchain announcements. This week, it was the company’s new patent for blockchain-powered “secure event monitoring.” In February, IBM partnered with Hyundai to help the latter’s financial services subsidiary “improve customer experience” with blockchain, just days after it brought a blockchain platform to its Melbourne data center.
No other company really comes close to IBM in terms of blockchain job openings, but three of the “big four” accounting firms make it into Glassdoor’s top ten. Ernst & Young is offering the second highest number of blockchain jobs (60), while Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers both have more than 40 open blockchain posts. (You can take a look at Hard Fork’s data below.)
Are there any surprising company names on the list? ConsenSys offering close to 30 blockchain jobs provokes an eyebrow raise, seeing as the company laid off about 13 percent of its employees at the end of last year. Maybe the crypto winter is getting less chilly?
The other company that stands out from the crowd is Collins Aerospace, an Iowa-headquartered corporation that provides defense technology for government agencies and aircraft manufacturers. It has nearly 20 blockchain jobs to fill, according to Hard Fork. Turns out, the company’s call for blockchain-knowledgeable talent came out last month, but it also extended to people in the fields of “IoT, big data, and AI,” which indicates more of a general interest in emerging technology at the defense corporation. A couple of the non-tech companies listed, Talent Point and Plexus, are recruiting agencies, so they’re not hiring blockchain developers directly.
The other companies on the list either provide software solutions or fit squarely into the crypto/blockchain industry. Facebook is listed as having close to 20 blockchain job openings, just lower than the blockchain-related posts currently on the company’s careers website. A crypto exchange, LAToken, had about 30 job openings according to Hard Fork, and Ripple has about 20—as does Axiom Zen, birthplace of CryptoKitties, and Southeast Asia-based payments platform, Omise.
As always, data collection can’t be parlayed into sweeping statements about the blockchain industry. Glassdoor is likely more widely used in English speaking countries, as Hard Fork’s Matthew Beedham points out, and its headquarters are located in the U.S., further skewing the data. So while data from the site shows 2,616 blockchain jobs in the U.S., 1,056 in the U.K., and 243 in Canada—the top three places for getting hired in blockchain, apparently—we have to remember that other countries are bullish on blockchain jobs, too.
For instance, a Washington Post story came out yesterday calling China “way ahead” of the U.S. on its blockchain efforts, explaining how the Chinese government has been deeply researching the technology. The country’s state-controlled media, CCTV, even aired a one-hour special extolling blockchain’s value in June. It’s unlikely that the Chinese government is going to be listing its blockchain jobs on Glassdoor, even if it is almost as proud as IBM is of its blockchain advancements.