IT Job Market: 2022’s Wild Ride and What to Expect for 2023 – Data Center Knowledge

by | Dec 27, 2022 | Jobs

Warning: take care when looking back on the IT job market in 2022. You may experience nausea, dizziness, a racing heart, or other symptoms associated with wild rides. Also, possibly whiplash as we come to an abrupt stop with big tech layoffs at the end of this year.

Heading into 2023 the signals are mixed. On one hand, there’s that huge number of big tech company layoffs that have spilled a great number of skilled tech workers into the job market. On the other hand, there is still a huge number of open jobs.

Related: New Study Shows Pay Inequality Among IT ProfessionalsBut before we get to a new year, it’s time to look back on the crazy ride that was 2022.

The IT Job Market 12 Months Ago

It was a job candidate’s market in January 2022. Skilled IT workers were in high demand. That made it easier for IT pros to move to new companies and get sizable salary increases. There were lots and lots of job openings. On the final day of December 2021, job openings in the information sector doubled to 217,000 from 109,000 on the last day of 2020, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau was also reporting higher wages and salaries — up 4.5% for the 12 months of 2021 compared to an increase of 2.6% the previous year.

Return to Office, Hybrid Work, and Pushback to Stay Remote

Despite very visible efforts by big tech companies to “return to normal” often with a hybrid “back to office” requirement, the dates for those mandatory returns kept slipping in 2022. Google started its hybrid work arrangement of three days in the office per week back in April 2022, but managers reportedly wanted mo …

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