Friday Five for December 8, 2023 ReporterBy Reporter
December 8th, 2023 • 3 Minutes

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It’s Hanukkah—a time of reflection and celebration! As we light the first candle, let’s illuminate the key trends and shifts in the recruitment and job market landscape. This edition brings you insightful updates from slowing job growth in private the sector to the changing dynamics in tech layoffs, offering a comprehensive view of the challenges and opportunities in today’s workforce. 

As you enjoy the warmth of the holiday season, take a moment to delve into these five crucial topics shaping our professional environments. For access to top-tier talent acquisition tools, our marketplace is your indispensable resource. Stay ahead of the curve by subscribing to our newsletter, where we deliver a regular dose of HR wisdom and updates straight to your inbox.

Private Sector Adds 103,000 Jobs, but Pay Growth Slows in November

The U.S. private sector saw modest job growth in November, adding 103,000 jobs, but with a slowdown in sectors like leisure and hospitality. Small businesses showed minimal growth, adding 6,000 jobs, while midsize and large businesses added significantly more. There’s also a slowdown in pay growth, with job changers seeing the smallest annual pay increase in a year. October’s job figures were revised downwards. 

These trends suggest that HR professionals should adjust recruitment strategies to current market conditions, focusing on competitive wages to attract and retain talent, and recognizing the varying hiring needs across different business sizes.

U.S. layoffs jumped in November led by retail and tech, report shows

In November, U.S. layoffs increased by 24% from October, reaching 45,510, mainly in retail and tech sectors. This year’s total layoffs are the highest since 2020. Hiring plans are also down, with the lowest figures for November since 2015. These changes are partly due to the Federal Reserve’s inflation control measures. The retail sector had the most layoffs, followed by tech, which lost 93,000 jobs in 2023. 

For recruitment marketers, this means adapting strategies to these shifts, focusing on sectors with growth and planning flexibly for potential future changes in the job market.

Dow struggles for direction as investors await more labor-market data

The U.S. stock market, including major indices like the Dow Jones, S&P 500 and Nasdaq, has been fluctuating due to concerns about the job market. This comes after reports showed weaker job growth than expected. The ADP report, indicating slower hiring, suggests the job market is softening. Investors are now watching for any changes in the Federal Reserve’s interest rate decisions, which are impacting bond yields and affecting stocks of companies like Tesla and Campbell Soup. 

This trend highlights the need to stay aware of economic changes and how they impact hiring. It’s important to adjust recruitment strategies and work closely with finance departments to align workforce plans with the current economic situation, especially with the job market becoming more challenging.

More U.S. companies no longer requiring job seekers to have a college degree

More U.S. companies are changing their hiring approach to focus on skills rather than college degrees, as job listings on platforms like Indeed and ZipRecruiter show a decrease in jobs requiring bachelor’s degrees, dropping from 18% in 2022 to 14.5%. This shift is especially noticeable in industries facing labor shortages like healthcare and education. While it provides opportunities for non-degree holders, the long-term benefits of a college education in terms of career advancement and soft skills development are still acknowledged. 

HR professionals need to adjust their recruitment strategies by emphasizing skills for roles where degrees aren’t crucial, while recognizing the value of formal education for specialized or leadership positions. Companies may also need to invest in training to ensure that employees without degrees have the necessary skills. This shift reflects changes in the job market, requiring HR professionals to balance skills and degrees while acknowledging the importance of formal education.

A comprehensive list of 2023 tech layoffs

The tech industry has witnessed a substantial increase in layoffs, surpassing the previous year’s job losses, with over 240,000 positions cut across both major tech giants like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Meta and Zoom, as well as smaller startups. This trend signifies a shift from a growth-oriented approach to one prioritizing efficiency in challenging market conditions. The layoffs have been most pronounced in January, gradually decreasing in subsequent months, impacting innovation, company pressures and the availability of skilled workers. 

For individuals in or aspiring to enter the tech sector, it’s crucial to comprehend these market dynamics, assess their implications on employment and career planning and recognize the potential opportunities created by the availability of talent resulting from these layoffs. Staying updated on industry trends is essential for informed decision-making in this evolving tech landscape.

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