In the halcyon days, Big Tech companies were viewed as a safe bet thanks to the above-average remuneration and bountiful benefits packages they offered, not to mention the unlimited snacks, on-site massages––and in Meta’s case, free dry cleaning.
But with mass layoffs sweeping through the industry in 2023, lavish perks drying up and experts frequently warning that AI could replace human workers, tech employees across the globe have been forced to face up to the stark reality that a career in Big Tech isn’t as stable, or as lucrative, as it once was.
The paradoxical silver lining is that tech workers needn’t worry about future job prospects as the tech industry needs more and not less skilled workers; a study by the Korn Ferry Institute found that if the talent deficit of 14.3 million workers isn’t addressed by 2030, Europe will have lost out on a potential €1.323 trillion in unrealised annual revenue.
The other encouraging aspect to note is that these opportunities aren’t within traditional tech companies either.
At a recent roundtable event held at Indeed’s London headquarters, a spokesperson from Glassdoor highlighted that tech candidates should look to non-tech companies recruiting for tech roles, as salaries are often more competitive to entice the best talent.
And although a job with a supermarket chain might not sound as glamorous on paper as a position with one of the Big Tech behemoths, the numbers stack up.
Additional data estimates that 2023 has seen a 35% increase in tech recruitment in non-tech industries and salaries in these roles have seen a 15% increase compared to comparative salaries in tech companies.
So whether you opt to focus your search within financial institutions adopting the latest advances in fintech, or want to apply your skills and expertise in a traditional retail business that needs specialised software for stocktaking purposes, opportunities abound.
Below we’re detailing just three examples of tech roles in non-tech companies but you can find many more on the Silicon Canals Job Board.
Software Architect (f/m/d) Java, Bechtle GmbH & Co.KG Bonn/Cologne, Cologne
QA Engineer, Jobbio, Dublin
Jobbio is seeking an experienced QA and Build Test Engineer who has at least three years’ of commercial experience in technical test roles in modern web applications, frameworks and APIs to join its team. In this role you will work on different layers of infrastructure, build and run automated test scripts, raise issues and reports in tracking tools and work with the engineering team to plan test schedules, review test results and sign off software releases. Check out the full job description here.
Java / Full Stack Developer (part-time possible, all genders), Accenture, Bern
As a Java / Full Stack Developer at Accenture, you will engineer modern high-quality applications in fields such as banking, insurance, pharma, railway, retail, resources, and more. This includes the implementation and design of backends that are built for speed, extendibility, reliability, and scalability. Furthermore, you’ll work with designers and product managers to build frontends offering an amazing UX including the design and implementation of continuous integration and deployment. View additional details here.