The Dallas Business Journal analyzed every IT staffing record in Texas dating back to 2010 and found that the vast majority of the work goes to Austin and the surrounding areas. Austin staffing firms made nearly $600 million over the time span compared to just $1.4 million by Dallas vendors.

The discrepancy starts with the state’s process to place the Department of Information Resources as middle-man for the transactions. The DIR pre-approves companies to expedite the process for agencies and universities who need IT help – but their list of certified vendors is concentrated heavily in Austin, the DBJ’s reporting revealed. Left to decision makers at agencies, the gap grows.