The tech industry has initiated 2024 with a new round of job cuts, further trimming its workforce following extensive layoffs in the previous year. Layoffs.fyi, a startup monitoring job cuts in the tech sector since the pandemic, reports that approximately 32,000 tech workers have lost their jobs this year.
Snap recently joined the trend by announcing a 10% reduction in its workforce, affecting around 540 employees. Earlier in the month, software company Okta disclosed plans to cut 7% of its staff (about 400 employees) to streamline costs. Other major tech players, including Amazon.com, Salesforce, and Meta Platforms, have also implemented workforce reductions.
In 2024, tech companies are adjusting staffing levels to rectify over-hiring during the pandemic surge. The prolonged high-interest-rate environment and the enduring tech downturn have prompted ongoing corrections. Roger Lee, founder of Layoffs.fyi, notes that this year’s layoffs are smaller and more targeted compared to those a year ago.
While economic factors primarily drive tech layoffs, Lee points out that the race for artificial intelligence (AI) is also a contributing factor. Many companies are reallocating resources to focus on acquiring AI talent. According to CompTIA, which monitors employment trends in the tech industry, job postings related to AI increased by about 2,000 from December to January, totaling 17,479.
Despite job cuts in certain areas, the tech industry is actively hiring in others. In January, there were 33,727 active job postings, marking the most significant month-over-month increase in the past 12 months, as reported by CompTIA.
Bert Bean, CEO of staffing company Insight Global, anticipates a rebound in the tech job market. However, he emphasizes the ongoing uncertainty and expects the market to remain volatile for the next two quarters, suggesting stability may only occur when the Federal Reserve takes steps to cut interest rates.