Tech Market Pulse Check

The market seems to be moving at a snail’s pace.

So how do you sprint in slow motion? Let’s break down the current state of play and explore how to turn this lull into a launchpad. Ready? Let’s go.

Where we’re at
While the tech sector is still outperforming others, Tech Winter’s aftershocks continue to reverberate. And the signs of its lingering impact are hard to ignore. Interest rates and salaries have plateaued. Multiple redundancy cycles, in some cases up to three, have significantly restructured teams across most companies. People are understandably apprehensive about changing jobs, contributing to increasingly low attrition rates. Economic uncertainty and a lack of greener pastures elsewhere are only adding to the stagnation. VC investment remains tepid, with rare IPOs. However, AI and climate tech startups are defying the trend, capturing investor interest despite overall market caution.

What’s ahead
Now, with the new financial year just around the corner, there’s a dose of optimism in the air. Companies are taking a fresh look at their budgets and strategies, which could lead to an uptick in hiring come July. Further ahead (how far, depends on who you ask), there may be tax cuts, interest rate cuts, and easing inflation. But it’s important to remember that the wounds from last year’s challenges are still fresh, and the market may take some time to fully recover.

Your game plan
So, what does this mean for you? In a flat market, it’s the small, consistent efforts that add up to big results over time. For now, the pace of career progression may be slower than you’d like, and the once-reliable paths of jumping ship or securing a promotion are more of a winding road these days. But if you stay the course and remain open to new directions you can still find your way to success. Here are our top tips for gaining an edge in today’s market:

1. The more you know, the more indispensable you become. Upskilling, especially in rapidly evolving fields like AI, machine learning, cybersecurity, and cloud computing, is a smart way to stay ahead of the curve. Continuous improvement isn’t just a nice-to-have—it’s a must-have for staying competitive. 

2. Leverage your professional network. Your connections can open doors to hidden opportunities and provide valuable insights. Attend meet-ups, join relevant LinkedIn groups, and don’t be afraid to reach out to people in your field for advice or intros.

3. Be open to lateral moves or temporary roles that can expand your skillset and broaden your experience. In a tight job market, sometimes the best way to move up is by moving sideways. Taking on new challenges and stepping outside your comfort zone can lead to unexpected opportunities down the line.

4. Make your mark by diving into projects that deliver real bang for the business buck. Show your worth by spotting opportunities to streamline processes, trim expenses, or give revenue a boost. The more concrete results you can bring to the table, the more invaluable you’ll be to your team and company.

5. Stay resilient. Each step you take, whether you’re successful or not, is progress. Every upskilling effort, every new connection, every challenge tackled means you’ll emerge battle-tested and unstoppable. Most importantly, ready to thrive no matter the market conditions.