The demand for blockchain talent in the market this year is far greater than the supply of such professionals, according to a report from Liyun.com. The average monthly salary in the blockchain talent industry is 25,000 yuan.
In the first two months of this year, the recruitment demand for blockchain-related talents reached 9.7 times that of the same period in 2017, with the number of companies advertising blockchain-related positions rising 4.6-fold year-on-year, online recruitment platform Boss Zhipin said in a report.
Employment-oriented social networking platform site LinkedIn also said in a report the global demand for blockchain talent has been surging since 2015 and the last two years have seen explosive growth.
Chinese internet companies Tencent Holdings Ltd, Qihoo 360, Lenovo Group, JD.com and Meitu Inc are involved in the race to recruit blockchain talents, lieyunwang.com reported.
Tencent is looking for senior blockchain product architects, offering a monthly salary of 25,000 to 50,000 yuan; Qihoo 360 is willing to offer 50,000 to 100,000 yuan per month for recruiting blockchain technicians; and Meitu is hiring a blockchain product director whose salary will range from 20,000 to 40,000 yuan, according to the report.
Recruitment requirements show that companies prefer to hire people for technical positions, such as blockchain system engineer, blockchain technical director and blockchain architect, and that Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou are where demand is strongest for blockchain talents, the report said.
Some tech startups even would like to offer a yearly salary as high as 1 million yuan to blockchain talents.
"Blockchain is a good technology, but it is still in the early stages of development, which means an effective application model needs to be built," Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent, said earlier this month.