Tech World Defies Tight Labor Market As Workers Stay Put

By: Anneken Tappe · October 09, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Quits Quiet

Buzzwords like the great resignation and quiet quitting have dominated the headlines about the workplace as employees use the tight American labor market to their advantage, finding jobs with better pay or benefits elsewhere. But trends are shifting in the tech world.

The latest data on job openings and separations shows that fewer workers are quitting their jobs than in years past, particularly in the tech sector.


If employees move between jobs easily, and often, it speaks to the demand for labor and the number of open jobs that companies want to fill. America faced a severe worker shortage during the pandemic, and has still not entirely recovered from it.

So to see workers staying put is evoking a different feeling: nervousness.

And who can blame them? After all, the year so far has been marked by mass layoffs, many of which affected the tech industry.

Today’s Job Market

Even though the pace of layoffs has slowed, companies may not hire as rapidly as they have before.

The September jobs report showed that 336,000 jobs were added to the economy last month, showing that the labor market remains alive and kicking. But many of these jobs were added in leisure and hospitality industries, as well as government. Zeroing in on tech and IT related jobs paints a different picture, suggesting that tech workers may be onto something.

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