Will tech industry hiring recover in 2024?


As Q1 2024 comes to a close, we take a look at the outlook for tech industry hiring in the remainder of the year. The start of 2024 saw significant job cuts at Amazon, Google, Twitch, and Discord, sparking concerns about a possible ongoing trend, however these layoffs are seen as an extension of those announced in 2023. While signs of industry recovery are clear to see, ongoing layoffs are still happening.  There is however a positive general sentiment across leaders in the space, suggesting the era of mass layoffs may be behind us as hiring returns to normal levels.

Reflecting on 2022 and 2023, tech layoffs affected over 400,000 workers, with major players like Meta, Amazon, Spotify, and Microsoft facing disruptions. Factors include the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, a shift to profitability, and the potential threat of AI advancements replacing certain roles.

Despite challenges in 2022 and 2023, the next 12 months show promise for recovery. Companies are hiring, with a focus specific skills like software development, data science and commercial hires. The ongoing digital transformation in non-tech sectors opens new opportunities for tech professionals in areas like modernising business processes and optimising user experiences.

While recent layoffs may imply reduced demand for tech skills, the reality is nuanced. Demand has expanded into industries not traditionally seen as primary destinations for tech professionals. Big Tech companies, despite recent layoffs, actively recruit, emphasising flexibility and adaptability in their hiring strategies.


2024 Tech Growth Trends:


Fintech, encompassing digital payments, online lending, and blockchain, is projected to grow nearly three times faster than traditional banking between 2023 and 2028. Recent stats from Boston Consulting Group forecast fintech becoming a $1.5 trillion industry by 2030.

Workplace Technologies:

Beyond the tech industry, global teams increasingly collaborate in immersive digital workspaces. The use of AI has doubled over the past five years, with 50% of organizations implementing AI to enhance productivity and reduce operating costs. The global digital workplace market is expected to grow at a rate of 22.5%.


In response to escalating cyber threats, the cybersecurity industry, valued at USD 202.72 billion in 2022, is anticipated to grow by 12.3% in the next seven years.

Healthcare Technology:

The healthcare technology sector, accelerated since the 2020 global pandemic, is projected to grow at an annual rate of 16.8%. Innovative solutions addressing patient care and healthcare operations are shaping the evolving global healthcare landscape.


Major Tech Trends in 2024:

Artificial Intelligence:

The adoption of AI-powered tools is driving rapid growth in the tech job market. Despite concerns about job displacement, consensus holds that AI will create more jobs than it replaces.

Cloud Computing:

The demand for cloud computing, efficient and scalable, is predicted to see a rapid 15% increase in employment opportunities by 2031, surpassing the average growth rate for most other occupations.

Quantum Computing:

Leveraging quantum theory principles, quantum computing is transitioning from theory to practical reality. Global investments in startups focused on quantum technology reached $2.35 billion in 2022, with major tech companies racing to develop their own quantum computer programs.


The rise of robots in various industries is fueling demand for skilled engineers and technicians. In 2022, a record-breaking 553,000 industrial robots were installed globally, with approximately 3.9 million operational units worldwide.


Environmental awareness is fostering a sustainability trend in tech. Innovative ideas, such as self-piloting solar balloons and herb gardens in supermarkets, require skilled workers in various technology areas, from software engineering to data analysis and architecture.



In summary, tech layoffs in 2023 resulted from rapid expansion during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading companies to adjust their workforces to post-pandemic realities and financial goals. Advances in AI and automation, further reduced staff numbers by replacing certain functions.

Many tech companies attribute the recent surge in layoffs to a focus on AI and efficiency, aiming to transition to a smaller, more AI-skilled workforce. This shift responds to AI’s growing capability to automate tasks and the heightened demand for specialized AI skills, resulting in altered job roles and a reduced overall workforce.

Experts suggest that the wave of tech layoffs at the beginning of 2024, though reminiscent of the prior year, may not indicate a continued trend of massive layoffs throughout the year. Recent cuts are seen as smaller and more targeted than the large-scale layoffs of 2022 and 2023, reflecting a change in priorities rather than a widespread downsizing trend in the tech industry.