Hiring trends and market predictions for 2024

Hiring trends and market predictions for 2024

Posted January 4, 2024

The global talent market has never changed this much, this quickly. In 2023, TechCrunch reported over 240,000 jobs were made redundant — that’s up from 164,969 in 2022.

Australia’s tech Startup sector felt the effects of this market the most. According to data from Cut Through Ventures, total funding raised for Australian technology startups in 2023 fell by $4.2 billion compared to the year before and the number of deals struck has declined 42 percent year over year.

This current market has seen companies pull back their focus on growth at all costs to favour profitability or sustainability and need to raise less.

Despite these layoffs and reduced funding, economy-wide demand for tech workers remains high. Earlier this year, Tech Council reported that for every job lost in the tech sector, 20 jobs were created across indirect tech companies.

And while it seems that the market pressures have eased somewhat, this would suggest a turnaround at some point, even if it took a while, giving us a reason to be optimistic.

Taking a look back over the past year’s hiring trends:

  • Year-over-year decline in hiring — the rate of decline is slowing in certain regions and countries, which we can take as a sign of stabilisation.
  • Rebalance in labour markets — meaning employers are hiring, but at a more cautious pace, and employees are staying put for longer.

According to Seek data, job adverts nationwide are down 30 per cent in Nov 2022-Oct 2023 vs Nov 2021-Oct 2022. Which is a far cry from the activity and movement we experienced over the same period Nov 2020-Oct 2021.

For the past number of years, the war for talent has been rife, and while there may be some relief in sight, the challenge of securing exceptional talent remains perpetual for rapidly expanding enterprises. Entrepreneurs consistently cite hiring as a crucial competitive advantage and a significant ongoing challenge, with the difficulty lying not only in attracting personnel but also in retaining them.

As many employers will have experienced an increase in job applications, there are a number of factors that are driving this, particularly population growth. Australia’s population grew by 2.2 per cent to 26.5 million. Pre covid net migration was estimated to be between 150,000-200,000 per year — that number is estimated to have increased to 500,000-600,000 on average for the past 2 years, a catch-up effect after closed international borders.

Predictions for 2024

AI and AI regulation

The continued integration of technology and automation may lead to job displacement in certain industries. However, it could also create new opportunities for jobs related to artificial intelligence, data analysis, cybersecurity, and other tech-related fields.

Data Privacy overhaul

There will be developments in response to growing concerns about the protection of personal information and the increasing role of technology in our lives.

Deep Science

There is a powerful push for Australia to take on greater risk in the development and commercialisation of emerging technologies, particularly in the fields of quantum computing, renewable energy and biotechnology. As an increasingly vocal Australian tech lobby pushes government to invest more in world-changing technologies in high demand.

Australia will lead the green tech revolution — across the entire supply chain

Critical minerals are fundamental to the world’s clean energy transition. They are vital for electric vehicles, wind turbines, solar panels, electrolysers, fuel cells and rechargeable batteries. Global demand for critical minerals is forecast to grow by roughly a third each year into the future. And this has naturally put Australia in an important, pivotal position. Australia’s critical minerals can be found in a broad range of electronics, our solar technologies are powering cities, and our sustainable farming practices are transforming food production. According to a report led by EY, Australia ranks number 6 globally on the renewable energy attractiveness index.

Additionally, a mutual agreement signed in 2023— called the US-Australia Climate, Critical Minerals and Clean Energy Transformation Compact, aims to coordinate investment and collaboration in the development of the critical mineral and clean energy industries. The deal means Australian companies can supply critical minerals and renewable energy to the US and be treated as a domestic supplier, with benefits for a range of tech sectors beyond renewables, including semiconductor and microchip makers.

Healthcare and Biotechnology

The healthcare industry is expected to continue growing, driven by an aging population and advancements in medical technology. Jobs in healthcare, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals may experience sustained demand.

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