Twitter and Stripe’s layoffs, rising interest rates across Europe, increased electricity and gas prices and continued concerns for a global recession in 2023 have seen workers crave security over flexibility as they look to protect their futures. The carefree attitude of late 2021 and early 2022 that saw workers jumping ship for salary bumps, flexible working and non-financial benefits has been replaced by a new cautious approach to employment.
In fact, a new study of 13,488 people across 15 countries by communications company BCW identified what’s most important to people in their work experience. Fifty-two percent of respondents rate job security, especially at a financially stable company, as most important. Similarly, 49% wanted a competitive base salary and adequate time off while 48% said workplace culture was important to them.
These statistics are interesting, but what does it mean in reality and how can we safeguard our careers? Within the workforce, this change in attitude has seen those who previously enjoyed the rise of the gig economy and working freelance now looking to take their skills in house, to bigger, more secure, companies. Many of those who took part in The Great Resignation are experiencing The Great Regret, and are trying to bed down and choosing security over progression and opting to stay put with their new employer.
A sharp shift
In the immediate post-Covid days, workers were looking to take advantage of a hot labour market with 40% admitting that they would change jobs within the next 12 months. This statistic has now flipped entirely with 50% of those surveyed by BCW now stating that they will be staying with their current employer for the foreseeable future. Those currently in precarious roles are looking to shift towards companies with more scope for growth – including cloud, AI and tech roles.
Apart from The Great Resignation, the pandemic also resulted in a sharp increase in the demand for tech professionals – as the sector increased to $250 billion in 2022, a 17.2% rise from 2021’s total of $217 billion. And, despite the global downturn, recent research from Gartner suggests that the sector will continue to grow, with spikes across cloud computing and consulting.
What does this mean for you? If you’re concerned about the longevity of your current role or company, it may be time to explore opportunities at companies operating within that space. For those with tech or cloud experience the transition is easy, but it doesn’t mean that only tech professionals can take advantage of growth. Marketing, communications, human resource management and financial skills are all in demand for companies operating across this space.
The Silicon Canals Job Board has dozens of roles with companies such as Hero Software, Flink and CrowdStrike with plenty of opportunities across all functionalities. There are three roles below that are worth checking out.
Software Developer (100% remote), Onetrail, Amsterdam
The Role: Onetrail is looking for a driven Software Developer to work in a Research and Development (R&D) team that allows you to utilise your diverse talents. If you’re fascinated with solutions that can process large amounts of data for consumer electronics and ICT organisations such as Coolblue, Tech Data, Canon and Centralpoint, this is the role for you.
The Responsibilities: You will be responsible for maintaining and improving web applications and you will be working on new features that add value to customers, provide third-line support, and spend 10% of your time on self-development.
The Requirements: You’ll need three years’ experience as a software engineer or developer/engineer as well as Java EE and SQL abilities, with a drive for learning.
Apply for the Software Developer role or explore all opportunities at Onetrail.
Solutions Architect, Peak AI
The Role: The Solutions Architect will help grow Peak’s consultancy capability by coaching and mentoring all AI Consultants while sharing knowledge with cross functional teams.
The Responsibilities: You will be responsible for working with customers and prospects to create a visionary AI roadmap, placing Peak at the centre of the transformation strategy by building technical solutions.
The Requirements: You will have experience and deeper understanding in software design/architecture and systems engineering as well as hands-on experience developing or designing solutions on AWS.
Apply for the Solutions Architect role or explore all opportunities at Peak AI.
Cloud Engineer, Northrop Grumman
The Role: As part of Northrop Grumman’s EMEA IT solutions team working within the infrastructure team, the Cloud Engineer will be a pinnacle part of supporting and developing the EMEA AWS infrastructure and service offering.
The Responsibilities: You will be responsible for the troubleshooting of issues, and the build-out of future cloud-based solutions maintaining and implementing procedural documentation.
The Requirements: You have experience with Azure services and the ability to collaborate with key stakeholders and innovate recommended solutions.
Apply for the Cloud Engineer role or explore other opportunities with Northrop Grumman.
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