The most popular new year’s resolutions are always around diet and fitness––but they are closely followed by the desire to get a new job in the coming 12 months.
It’s understandable: the end of a year offers a period of reflection, and if it has been a tough year at work––which it has been for many European employees––then a new job can seem like a particularly desirable goal to achieve.
Tech layoffs hit home from mid-2022, with the tech giants Alibaba, Meta and Amazon shedding staff. Closer to home, Dance, a Berlin-based e-bike subscription service, let 16% of its workforce go. Swedish fintech Klarna announced plans to lay off 10% of its global workforce in May, and then in July, saw its valuation slashed by 85%.
Despite further layoff announcements so far this year from Microsoft, Alphabet and Salesforce among others, the sector as a whole remains robust. According to global market research company Forrester, European tech spend growth will be more sluggish in 2023, but the company predicts that growth will still be 3.6% this year.
Software will be the largest tech category by 2027, accounting for a 31% share of tech spend, up from 23% pre-pandemic, and European tech spend will grow about 4.8% to 5.5% a year from 2024 to 2027.
Another area Forrester points to as a growth area is the cloud. “To better scale around ongoing change and to cut down energy cost, in 2023, tech leaders across Europe will leverage cloud technologies to drive operational resilience whilst improving flexibility elsewhere,” it said in its European Predictions 2023: Technology report.
The company also singles out AR and VR technologies. “Augmented- and virtual-reality technologies will underpin interdisciplinary cooperation to build collaborative solutions to improve customer and employee experiences,” it says.
Greentech or cleantech is on the rise too, fuelled by the 58% of European online adults who actively monitor their home energy usage in order to reduce their environmental footprint.
And other safe bets include cybersecurity, underpinned across the bloc by the EU Cybersecurity Strategy which has identified key technologies such as AI, encryptions, quantum computing, and future generation networks being essential to cybersecurity.
Data science is yet another growth area to consider in 2023. The global big data market is expected to grow to $103 billion by 2027, according to Statista. That’s more than double its market size in 2018. The sheer volume of data is fuelling this, with the International Data Corporation (IDC), saying global data will grow to 163 billion terabytes by 2025.
If you’re in the market for a new role now, then the Silicon Canals Job Board should be your first port of call, containing thousands of tech jobs across multiple sectors. You can check out three interesting jobs in growth areas, below.
Data Analyst, Publitas, Amsterdam
Publitas aims to create an exceptional experience for browsing shoppers by publishing engaging content online. If you know how to analyse and translate data into solutions, and have experience creating reports, optimising processes, and managing dashboards plus the ability to work with different data sources and have advanced spreadsheet and database skills, then you may be interested in the Data Analyst role. You will work one-to-one with a product manager and drive data-led decision-making, helping with product development and experimentation. You will be involved in product strategy and ideation and your analytics will impact the business. To apply, you will need demonstrated success, advanced spreadsheet skills, a basic SQL knowledge and the analytical ability to extract critical business insights through data analysis. Get more details here.
Senior Cybersecurity Consultant, Vona, Paris
Vona is an independent consulting firm, with expertise in governance and digital transformation. The Senior Cybersecurity Consultant will ensure protection for information assets of customers in France, Canada and French-speaking Africa. You’ll conduct and carry out consulting assignments with key account and multi-sector customers, implement cyber and governance strategies and define and implement security processes, procedures and policies. You’ll have two to three years’ of experience in carrying out consulting and expertise missions in cybersecurity and you’ll be familiar with ISO 27001 – 27005 standards and risk analysis methods (EBIOS in particular). Certifications are a plus, and you will be required to be fluent in oral and written English. Interested? Apply for this role now.
Senior Cloud Security Engineer, Security Alliance (f/m/x), HelloFresh, Berlin
HelloFresh is the world leader in meal kits and one of Germany’s biggest and fastest-growing publicly traded companies. Joining the team as a Senior Cloud Security Engineer will enable you to maintain the highest security standards within the industry. You’ll enhance the security posture of the modern cloud infrastructure and services and harden them against abuse and nefarious activity. You should be familiar with secure containers, CI/CD pipelines, and implementing guardrails for developers aligned with DevSecOps principles.
At least four years’ of experience working with security, a deep understanding of the modern security landscape, experience in working in a cloud environment, plus good programming experience. Get the full job description here.