Tech Workforce & Hiring Trends - April 2022

by Samantha Ogletree

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2022 labor market predictions

Economists say the past two months of softer wage growth could signal that the labor market is starting to cool as more people go back to work. The share of the adult population either working or looking for work grew to 62.4% in March, the highest level since March 2020 but still shy of where it stood before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the U.S. economy. Read more from The Wall Street Journal.

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LinkedIn’s ‘career break’ feature could help normalize caregiving. LinkedIn users can now classify their time away from paid work as one of 13 types of career breaks.The company collected data from a survey of nearly 23,000 workers and more than 4,000 hiring managers that found that nearly two-thirds of employees had taken a break at some point in their professional career. Read more from The Washington Post.

Women in the labor market

The most recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showed a strong month for women in terms of jobs added and women’s labor force participation. The economy added 431,000 jobs in March 2022, with women making up 62.9% of those gains, or 271,000 jobs. Even with this progress, the economy is still down nearly 1.6 million net jobs since February 2020, and women are down over 1.1 million net jobs since February 2020. Read more from The National Women's Law Center.

Hacker News hiring data for software technologies

HackerNews released March data showing the most popular technologies in demand for technical staff. Back up at the top of the charts, the remote hiring trend appears to have peaked, dropping back from an all time high of ~77% of postings to this month with ~74% of postings. Not a big drop, and that's already amazingly high, but the trend is not climbing higher. Looking further at the top 20, it has remained very stable over the last year. Techology-wise, React, Python, and TypeScript are still dominating. Read more from HackerNews.

2022 Marijuana employment lawsGrowing acceptance of marijuana use in recent years has led to the proliferation of state laws legalizing medical and recreational cannabis consumption, as well as a push for employment protections for off-duty use. Here's what employers need to know about evolving marijuana laws and their impact on the workplace. Read more from SHRM.

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