April 7, 2023
Charlotte Doherty

Debunking the Myth of a Tech Bubble Burst

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The technology industry has always been dynamic and constantly evolving, with businesses experiencing ups and downs as they pursue growth. The ongoing pandemic has posed a major challenge to the industry in recent years. As a result, companies have been forced to rethink their operations and resources, which in turn has led to a spate of layoffs across the industry. Some compare this to the bursting of the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s.


While it is true that there have been a significant number of layoffs in the tech industry over the past two years, the comparison to the bursting of the dot-com bubble is not accurate. The dot-com bubble was a period of excessive speculation and over-investment in internet-based companies that eventually led to a massive crash in 2000-2001. This led to widespread layoffs and company closures, resulting in a significant economic downturn.

In contrast, layoffs in the tech sector have been much lower in 2022 and 2023 and are primarily driven by companies re-evaluating how to scale their resources based on actual demand. This has led to some layoffs, but they are not as widespread or devastating as the layoffs during the bursting of the dotcom bubble.

However, this does not mean that companies will not continue to take drastic action in the short term. As the industry continues to adapt to the changing landscape, businesses will have to constantly re-evaluate their operations. This will lead to further layoffs as companies cut resources that are not deemed essential.


Despite these challenges, however, there is also good news for the tech industry. According to a recent survey of tech executives, ‘’the Technology sector continues to grow apace at 12% per annum with wages in the ICT sector remaining at 50% higher than the rest of the economy”. This shows that the industry remains committed to innovation and growth, even in the face of uncertainty.

One sector to keep an eye on for growth and job opportunities is cybersecurity. With the increasing threat of cyber-attacks, companies are investing heavily in this area, leading to a surge in demand for cybersecurity professionals. This presents a great opportunity for those looking to enter or grow in the technology industry.

In summary, while the tech industry has faced some challenges in recent years, the comparison with the bursting of the dot-com bubble is not entirely accurate. Companies are currently rethinking how to scale their resources based on actual demand, which has led to some layoffs, but not on the scale of the early 2000s. Nevertheless, the industry continues to focus on growth and innovation, and cybersecurity represents a great opportunity for job seekers.

Have questions? Write to us at: georgiana@dohertygroup.io.

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