Software Engineers/Developers in Guadalajara

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Software Engineers/Developers in Guadalajara

While there is no pre-existing information to fully answer your question, we've used the available data to pull together key findings: Guadalajara, Mexico has approximately 78,000-115,000 IT professionals and educates about 9,000 software engineers each year. However, the total number of software engineers in Guadalajara was not publicly available among the government and statistical sources evaluated, nor was there sufficient data to accurately triangulate this figure.

Below you'll find an outline of our research methodology to better understand why information you've requested is publicly unavailable, as well as a deep dive into our findings.

METHODOLOGY

We began our research by looking for official government data on the Mexican labor force. We've searched industry and statistical sources, such as the Jalisco Ministry of Innovation, Science & Technology, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics international labor comparisons, the Mexican National Survey of Occupation and Employment (ENOE), the International Labour Organization, Nation Master, and the World Bank.

To augment our search, we've used the applicable Spanish words for software engineer (ingeniero de software), as well as programmer or developer (programadores y diseñadores). We also searched for data regarding engineers specializing in specific programming languages or skill sets, as well as years of experience, but information regarding these specifics proved elusive.

The limited publicly available data primarily offers figures for the Guadalajara IT industry as a whole, rather than software engineers, specifically. Therefore, we were unable to triangulate the requested figure.

FINDINGS

An article by Ciudad Creativa Digital (Creative Digital City), states that Guadalajara has approximately 78,000 IT professionals, though it does not call out software engineers specifically. However, a more recent article at Reforma states that Guadalajara has 115,000 technology sector workers.

Several sources note that Guadalajara, the largest city in Jalisco, is considered the "Silicon Valley" of Mexico. However, it is struggling to keep pace with the number of software engineers needed to fill all the industry's needs. While Jalisco was expected to add 20,000 new IT jobs in 2017, they have a shortage of engineers. A March 2018 source suggests that there is a shortage of 5,000-7,000 software engineers, but this figure is down from 12,000 three years earlier, so they are beginning to make progress in filling the gaps.

Jalisco's technological institutes and universities are training about 9,000 engineers every year, placing the region in "the number one position at the national level, with 12% of the graduates of engineering careers." Mexico universities, overall, graduate over 100,000 engineers per year, suggesting Jalisco accounts for 9% of that total (9,000 / 100,000). A 2015 report on the Mexican IT industry by Nearshore Americas may offer additional insights, but the free report is only available via registration.

A report by the Jalisco Ministry of Innovation, Science & Technology states that Jalisco accounts for 40% of the Mexican IT industry. According to Pro Mexico, the country's IT industry employs at least 500,000 people, suggesting Jalisco would account for about 200,000 of those workers (500,000 x .4).

Large companies such as "IBM, Oracle, Intel, HP, Dell and Gameloft" have offices in Jalisco. Intel employs 1,000 software engineers in the region. Guadalajara's Software Center houses 30 IT companies that employ 800 workers. I attempted to find employment figures for other companies in an effort to show the penetration in the IT industry, but I found only job postings and no total figures. As a related piece of data, the average salary for a software engineer in Guadalajara is $158,400.

CONCLUSION

In conclusion, Guadalajara, Mexico employs approximately 78,000-115,000 IT professionals and educates 9,000 software engineers each year, or about 9% of the 100,000 software engineers graduated throughout Mexico. Due to the limited amount of publicly available data, we were unable to calculate the total number of software engineers in the region.
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