Tech Job Market Remains in Flux

Tech Job Market Remains in Flux

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Certainly there is still endless opportunity and investment in tech, but the rise of AI coinciding with a slow economic downturn has created a boiling point, with many companies gladly willing to ‘trim the fat’.

Finding employment can be a daunting task, even for experienced professionals. This is especially true in the technology sector, where layoffs, shifting hiring practices, and evolving skill requirements have created a challenging environment for job seekers. With a teeter-totter economy that shows both recovery and gloom, the rise of AI, and increasing lack of investment liquidity, the face of tech is rapidly changing.

Many experienced tech veterans with professional credentials, have found themselves unexpectedly unemployed. Confident in their abilities and experience, these tech workers were anticipating a smooth transition into their next role. However, many still struggle to find work. The growing sense of desperation among tech professionals is rising, with many posting to social media sites like Reddit about this widespread issue. Layoffs and a slowdown in hiring have made it increasingly difficult for seasoned tech talent to find suitable employment opportunities.

Evolving Skill Requirements and Ageism

According to independent surveys, employers are increasingly prioritizing specific skills and expertise, particularly in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and cybersecurity. This presents a significant challenge for experienced professionals who may struggle to meet these rapidly evolving skill requirements. Additionally, ageism may come into play as employers exhibit a preference for younger applicants.

As many new fields of technology require specific niche skills, experience and credentials are factoring in much less than in the past. The trend towards skills-based hiring is a newer one, but has been growing rapidly, hypercharged by the rise of AI, automation, blockchain and other emerging technologies.

The Impact on Middle Managers

Another notable trend in the tech industry is the increased targeting of middle managers during layoffs. Bloomberg reported that companies, in their pursuit of greater efficiency, are more likely to lay off middle managers due to their higher salaries and perceived indirect contributions to project completion.

This shift further exacerbates the challenges faced by seasoned professionals, many of whom occupy middle management positions. This trend is only heightened further by AI, which removes so many mundane middle management tasks, meaning talent that wants to survive must adapt and learn new skills, or risk long term unemployment.

Shifts in Hiring Practices

In recent years, venture capital-backed startups focused on hiring individual contributors rather than middle managers. This emphasis on individual roles, coupled with a tightening venture capital market, has led to a reduction in startup headcount growth. The days of rapid expansion and abundant job opportunities in the tech industry seem to be fading, with larger tech companies also experiencing decreased hiring or even workforce reductions.

Certainly there is still endless opportunity and investment in tech, but the rise of AI coinciding with a slow economic downturn has created a boiling point, with many companies gladly willing to ‘trim the fat’. This would normally result in a sharp decrease in output and productivity, but the rise of AI and automation is becoming commercially more viable every day, allowing tech companies to layoff more talent than usual.

A Glimmer of Hope

Despite the gloomy outlook, there are still tech companies actively seeking new employees. LinkedIn reported an 11.6% increase in hiring within the technology, information, and media industry in January compared to the previous July. Some workers have found success by exploring roles outside the traditional tech sector, such as JPMorgan Chase, which has been expanding its Seattle engineering hub. In addition, some laid-off professionals have taken the entrepreneurial route and launched their own businesses.

Job seekers should focus on companies that have recently secured funding and to acquire new skills, particularly in artificial intelligence. Paradoxically, the use of AI tools in hiring processes has been criticized for potentially excluding highly qualified candidates. The evolving job market has taken a toll on job seekers' mental and emotional well-being, as they grapple with financial uncertainty and internalize feelings of inadequacy.

HeyDevs Active Sourcing Job Platform

As the industry continues to change, it’s important not only to learn new appropriate skills, but to adapt how you actually find work! HeyDevs is the leading active sourcing job platform in APAC, specifically tailored to software developers. HeyDevs offers true unbiased hiring, hiding irrelevant details like age, race, gender and more so that companies connect with talent based primarily on skills and experience.

In such competitive tech markets, HeyDevs offers struggling tech talent a few key advantages:

A single profile for their entire career path: No more needing to fill out endless job applications with the same information, simply create a profile on HeyDevs and leading tech companies will be able to find you based on your very specific skills and location/salary requirements. There is even a CV Builder function for developers to easily create a digital CV to use or print out for any job they like.

Active sourcing job platform: Stop wasting time chasing jobs, especially in down markets. With active sourcing hiring, you simply create a profile and companies apply to you! This way you can focus on developing your skills instead of chasing dead end job posts. This saves valuable time and improves mental health, as literally no time is spent looking for new jobs. Instead, every “open-to-work” member of the HeyDevs talent pool is open for every position offered by companies that use HeyDevs, meaning both companies and job seekers have far more options, allowing for more appropriate and timely hires.

Smart Filter feature: HeyDevs fully embraces skills-based hiring methods. The advanced search functionality of the platform allows companies to find the EXACT talent they need, making it a great platform for developers with up-to-date skill sets, sought after or specialized skills. If you possess the needed skills, you can be sure your profile will be shown to the appropriate companies.

Swipe Invitations feature: Companies that like a HeyDevs profile can easily send them an invitation. Developers will then receive this invitation with a quick summary of the position. Developers can then easily swipe left or right to reject or accept the invitation. Nothing is worse than wasting time dealing with jobs that don’t match, and the swipe invitation function allows users to easily reject or connect with a job in just one simple action.


The tech industry's job market has experienced significant shifts in recent years, posing challenges for seasoned professionals seeking employment. Despite these difficulties, opportunities still exist, albeit in different forms. Job seekers must adapt to the changing needs of the industry, acquire new skills, and explore diverse avenues for employment. In this evolving environment, human connection and support play a crucial role in alleviating the emotional toll of unemployment and fostering resilience. Still, the exponential evolution of technology means that the days where a few specialized tech skills could result in a long and safe career are long gone. Instead, skills-based hiring is taking the lead, with top tech talent being those who are willing to continually adapt to emerging technologies with continual education to stay ahead of the game.

About HeyDevs

HeyDevs is a revolutionary new platform that empowers developers to take control of their careers, connect with other developers and find job opportunities that align with their goals and interests, without ever needing to apply for a single job! With HeyDevs, companies compete for you, not the other way around.

For developers, HeyDevs offers invaluable resources including our specialized swipe-to-work function, anonymous profile, CV builder, and customizable search criteria, with the ability to connect and chat with prospective employers completely on-site.

For businesses, HeyDevs offers tools to maximize the recruitment process, saving time and money, with a talent pipeline that streamlines a majority of the hiring process directly on the platform, eliminating the need for recruiters or headhunters so the hiring process can be handled with HeyDevs as the only medium between employer and candidate, all powered by smart matching to ensure the most relevant matches are provided first. HeyDevs is a truly unbiased hiring platform, delivering a diverse pool of talent that hides information such as avatar, age, and gender, focusing solely on experience and skill, and paving the way for a more inclusive workplace.


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