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LONDON – Technology firms in London are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit tech workers as Silicon Valley tech giants scale up their operations in the U.K. capital. 

U.S. tech behemoths including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Palantir and Twitter now employ tens of thousands of tech workers in swanky offices across London, and some have major expansions underway.

Oscar White, CEO and founder of venture capital-backed travel start-up Beyonk, told CNBC that the expansions were making recruitment more challenging, adding that they have prompted inflated salary expectations and a scarcity of tech resource.

Alphabet, Google’s parent, is in the process of building a vast complex in King’s Cross with enough room for up to 7,000 Google employees and around 1,000 DeepMind staff. A few miles away, Apple is planning to move 1,400 staff into a new Apple Campus at Battersea Power Station. While the builds have been held up by coronavirus lockdowns, they’re still going ahead. Elsewhere, Facebook and Amazon have recently opened big multi-story offices in London.

Facebook currently has 266 open positions in London, according to its career website, while Google has 172 and Apple has 103. Amazon is on the hunt for 162 software developers, 143 solutions architects and 72 technical managers in the city.

“Software developers are in higher demand than ever before, which is likely to worsen as more tech company campuses spring up around the city,” White said. “For start-ups on tight budgets, who heavily rely on technology resource as the key enabler for growth, this presents a real challenge.”

Twitter and Palantir declined to comment. None of the other aforementioned U.S. tech giants immediately responded to a CNBC request for comment.

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