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  • Tech giants cut 32,000 jobs in 2024, amidst layoffs.
  • Demand surges for AI talent despite ongoing job losses.

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Despite the troubling wave of layoffs, there's a bright side: heightened recruitment for AI-related positions. Companies actively pursue skilled professionals to propel innovation in this pivotal field.

Tech giants slash 32k jobs in 2024 amidst ongoing layoffs wave

In 2022, the global economy faced significant challenges, and the tech sector was no exception. Layoffs were rampant, signaling tough times ahead. As the world stepped into 2024, hopes for a turnaround were high, but unfortunately, the trend of job cuts persists, with no end in sight.

Since the beginning of January, reports have emerged of tech giants like Google, Microsoft, Meta, and others implementing workforce reductions. According to data from Layoffs.fyi, over 32,000 tech employees have already been laid off in 2024, indicating a worrisome trend that may continue throughout the year.

Snapchat's parent company, Snap, joined the ranks of companies announcing layoffs, revealing plans to cut 10 percent of its global workforce, affecting 540 employees. E-commerce giant eBay also announced layoffs, following a period of heavy hiring during the pandemic.

Experts attribute the ongoing job cuts to several factors, including over-hiring during the pandemic and recent interest rate hikes. Roger Lee, founder of Layoffs.fyi, explains that tech companies are still adjusting their staffing levels to compensate for previous over-hiring, compounded by prolonged economic challenges.

Additionally, the race for artificial intelligence (AI) supremacy is reshaping workforce dynamics. Companies like OpenAI, Microsoft, and Google are prioritizing AI talent, leading to a shift in hiring and restructuring efforts. Despite layoffs in other areas, the demand for AI-related roles remains strong, with thousands of job postings in fields like AI research, machine learning, and robotics.

While the wave of layoffs is concerning, there is a silver lining in the form of increased recruitment in AI-related roles. Companies are actively seeking skilled professionals to drive innovation in this critical area, offering opportunities for those with expertise in AI and machine learning.

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