Twitter’s Got Talent: For Every One Employee Who Leaves, Twitter Hires 11 New People

The ongoing talent war between the major tech companies gets a ton of attention, with the media particularly lapping up stories about Google’s eye-popping ‘please don’t go to Facebook’ cash bonuses for their software engineers.

These attempts by the dominant tech firms to poach employees from each other are nothing new, with Microsoft sued back in 1997 for trying to lure across staff from Borland. Google was sued by Microsoft for the same thing eight years later, and now everybody seems to be worried about Facebook.

But who is dominating the talent war? Who is losing the least amount of people whilst hiring the most? According to new data released by social recruiting site TopProspect, the winner is Twitter, which (incredibly) has hired almost 11 new people for every one person who leaves the company.

Facebook is in second place at just over 8 new hires, marginally beating out Zynga.

  1. Twitter (10.9 new people hired for every one person who has left)
  2. Facebook (8.1)
  3. Zynga (8.0)
  4. LinkedIn (7.5)
  5. Groupon (3.9)

As for the biggest losers, look no further than Yahoo! and Microsoft.

  1. Yahoo! (0.3 new people hired for every one person who has left)
  2. Microsoft (0.4)
  3. eBay (0.8)
  4. Google (1.2)
  5. Intuit (1.2)

TopProspect looked at more than 2.5 million of their user profiles, which track job information uploaded on to LinkedIn and Facebook.

Of course, we need to put this into scale. Overall, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Apple have hired the most people, while Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, eBay and Amazon have lost the most. Yahoo! and Microsoft lose 2-4 people for every person they hire, which, however you want to justify it, is a catastrophically bad long-term statistic.

Also, it’s worth noting that Facebook has over 2,000 employees and Zynga has over 1,500, but Twitter, with its current count of 529 members of staff, is growing fast. And they’re always hiring.

Top Prospect have also produced in infographic about the ratio of company A to company B talent traffic which, unfortunately, leaves out Twitter, but I’ll include it here as it makes for an interesting overview.

(Hat tip: Business Insider.)