2022 was a year of highs and lows for job seekers. A turbulent economic landscape was scarred with job losses across the tech industry, rising inflation across Europe, and high energy and grocery costs drove a cost of living crisis, which, combined with a looming recession, made many workers understandably nervous.
Given that environment, it would be easy to think it’s a bad time out there for anyone looking for a new job, particularly if they work in the tech industry. The truth, of course, is a little bit different.
Those layoffs we’re seeing across tech behemoths such as Salesforce, Meta, and Amazon to the superstar fintech unicorns like Klarna and Stripe, are in many cases a reaction to previously over-confident predictions, and have been done in order to cut costs and preserve cash runways as the global economy slows down.
However, many sectors and jobs within tech remain remarkably buoyant as the effects of the pandemic give with one hand and take with the other. While some ecommerce companies, like Shopify, are feeling the pinch as future growth predictions failed to materialize once we went back to normal habits, the flipside is that the cloud computing and SaaS sectors are experiencing growth.
The pace of cloud adoption accelerated hugely during the pandemic thanks to the rise of remote working. A few months into the pandemic, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella went on record to say that Microsoft had seen two years of digital transformation in two months as customers started adopting cloud solutions.
More cloud services mean more security is needed to protect them and, as a result, cybersecurity roles are in hot demand, as are artificial intelligence and machine learning jobs. For example, OpenAI’s recent launch of ChatGPT was a mainstream success, garnering thousands of column inches in the media. Data science is another growth sector with the International Data Corporation (IDC) reporting that global data will grow to 163 zettabytes by 2025.
Echoing wider societal trends, jobs focusing on areas such as energy and sustainability, and policy and enforcement roles in the fields of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and diversity and inclusion measures are also tipped for growth.
But which jobs are in decline?
What the current round of tech layoffs does underline sharply is the kinds of roles we will be seeing less of in 2023.
Recruitment and HR functions look set to take a hit with Amazon announcing plans to make hundreds of its recruitment staff redundant last November. According to a confidential October 2021 internal paper, the company has been working towards handing over some of its recruiters’ tasks to an AI technology it calls Automated Applicant Evaluation (AAE). Built internally, AAE was first tested in 2021.
Another area slowing down is sales. This is broadly typical of a downturn and, according to Layoffs.fyi, sales roles account for 20% of the laid-off tech workers with the consumer and retail sectors accounting for almost 40,000 layoffs in 2022.
Necessary though it is, marketing budgets and teams often get slashed when there’s a downturn and belts need to be tightened. Development and research roles and teams will generally be left alone, if at all possible, but budgets for media activations, events, sponsorships, and all the other niceties around brand promotion are often allowed to lie fallow until economic outlooks improve.
Whether you’re already working in a secure sector or looking to shore up your employment prospects for 2023, The House Of Talent Job Board has a range of opportunities available. We’re looking at three jobs in growth areas below, and there are thousands more open roles to discover.
Front-end Developer (Mid-level/Senior), Cloud Solutions, The Hague
Cloud Solutions creates innovative digital products for its clients, including global e-commerce platforms, content websites and high-traffic middleware solutions. Work takes place in sprints of two to three weeks in teams consisting of (UX) designers, QA specialists, business analysts, solution architects, a scrum master, and a project manager. Within this team, the Front-end Developer will be responsible for delivering high quality software.
Data Scientist, Vodafone, Dublin
Vodafone is working hard to build a more connected, more inclusive, and more sustainable world. As part of this mission, it’s hiring a Data Scientist to work in its Commercial Operations Data Science team. You’ll produce analysis and actionable insights from multiple data sources to identify trends, providing outside-in perspective through voice of the customer and analysis. You’ll translate data into actionable insights and recommendations to improve customer satisfaction and grow value.
You’ll need around four years of experience as a Data Analyst or Data Scientist working with large data warehouses, analyzing data, and delivering actionable insights. Experience in using relational databases/data warehouses and experience with statistical software (R, Python) and database languages (SQL) is also required. Get the full job spec here.
AI/ML – Annotation Analyst, German Market, Apple, Barcelona
At Apple, new ideas have a way of becoming extraordinary products, services, and customer experiences very quickly. The AI/ML team is passionate about technology, and is now looking for a motivated Annotation Analyst who demonstrates active listening, integrity, and acute attention to detail.
You’ll need fluency in German with excellent comprehension, grammar, and proofreading skills, English reading comprehension and writing skills, and active listening skills with the ability to understand verbal nuances. Additionally, you’ll need an understanding of the regions and cultural variations where German is spoken so you can demonstrate critical thinking skills in evaluation of Siri’s language usage and dialect. Interested in applying? Get more information here.
For more great opportunities in tech, visit The House Of Talent Job Board today