As the first quarter of 2023 has ended, the time has come to present to you the latest IT Market Snapshot summarizing the trends in the job market of the tech sector. Unfortunately, for the first time in the history of the report, we have come across a case of significant market manipulation. Let me explain:
At the end of the report, you will find information on the number of analysed job posts. According to the collected data, this number has increased by 40% quarter to quarter, a doubtful figure, given that the market has been clearly slowing down for some time now, with software houses reducing their headcount and more candidates competing to be employed by suppliers of technologies.
We have decided to demonstrate this increase in our report, as we wanted it to be consistent with the methodology employed since its first edition. Nonetheless, we believe that it requires a few words of clarification.
For a few years, we have been calculating this figure on the basis of the absolute number of all published job posts. For a job post to be recognized as a single recruitment process, it must be unique in terms of: the recruiting company, the title of the job posts, and the location. So, if a given company is hiring in two cities for the same post, our report would identify these job posts as separate recruitment processes.
Fierce competition for the attention and money of the clients of job boards, who understandably want to demonstrate their superiority over competition, has resulted in a situation where job posts advertising remote work are multiplied as their on-site alternatives available in a few cities.
Such a sharp increase in the number of job posts in our report stems from the fact that one of the job boards that we have analysed,
so far steering clear of such practices, has decided to follow suit, thus falsely multiplying a significant part of their job posts. This, in turn,
has inflated the number of analysed job posts.
We have made a conscious decision not to reduce the number of duplicated job posts in our reports for the following reasons:
- At the end of the day, only job boards can tell the difference between the job posts duplicated to their benefit and the ones that are actually available in numerous locations;
- Candidates, oblivious of such practices, see only the total number of job
- The problem concerns exclusively the absolute number of job posts.
The estimations of trends, demand, and salaries remain unaffected.
The question worth asking is “if not 40%, then how much, really?”.
Well, it is hard to tell with 100% certainty. Were we to offer an estimation, we would say the overall number of job posts published in Poland would be similar to that reported at the end of Q4 2022.
Having provided an extensive explanation of the data included in it, we hope you enjoy this report edition!