Reuters reports that the senior vice president of engineering raked in $10.3m last year, just behind Twitter Chief Executive Dick Costolo's $11.5m, according to Twitter's IPO documents. That is more than the pay-cheques of executives such as Chief Technology Officer Adam Messinger, Chief Financial Officer Mike Gupta and Chief Operating Officer Ali Rowghani.
Welcome to Silicon Valley, where a shortage of top engineering talent amid an explosion of venture capital-backed start-ups is inflating pay-cheques.
'The number of A-players in Silicon Valley hasn't grown', said Iain Grant, a recruiter at Riviera Partners, which specializes in placing engineers at venture-capital backed start-ups. 'But the demand for them has gone through the roof'.
Stories abound about the lengths to which employers will go to attract engineering talent - in addition to the free cafeterias, laundry services and shuttle buses that the Googles and Facebooks of the world are already famous for.
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