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Blockchain Employment: Trends and Challenges (Part I)

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Exciting developments are unfolding in the current blockchain job market, despite challenges posed by the crypto bear market, and these developments are expected to shape future employment trends. Let's explore key highlights, including growth patterns, the rise of in-demand roles, and compensation dynamics in the cryptocurrency domain.

šŸ’” EmploymentTrends: According to www.works.so, an AI-driven Web3 work platform facilitating recruitment for companies like Microsoft and CISCO, there has been a significant uptick in global cryptocurrency adoption in 2023. India has surged ahead with 100 million cryptocurrency holders, surpassing the US by a considerable margin. Crypto employers are now in fierce competition to attract skilled talent for remote work, aligning with evolving customer expectations.

Meanwhile, sectors like Tech and Finance are proactively incorporating AI and Automation into their operations. According to reports by Fortune, Goldman Sachs foresees a worldwide reduction of 300 million jobs due to AI, bringing about an excess of available labour and a transition from an employee-driven market in past years to an employer-dominated market. In addition, amid ongoing geopolitical uncertainties, Venture Capitalists (VC) display reduced eagerness to invest, contributing to a widespread hiring freeze, particularly affecting startups striving to secure additional investment avenues.

Despite encountering these challenges, the continuous expansion in acquiring crypto talent persists, even amid the pressures of a bear market, leading to an amplified demand for specialists in this field. However, the existing employment scenario is impacted by numerous factors:

šŸ“š Lack of specialised crypto/blockchain education (with most specialists being self-taught).

šŸ›ļø Difficulty in registering with local legal entities due to remote work specifics and wide distribution.

šŸŒ Initial hiring of employees as contractors/consultants in various jurisdictions, posing challenges for back-office functions like HR, Legal Compliance and Accounting, in effectively managing compensation, tax and talent management.

On a positive note, MFAANG Big Tech companies are encouraging their workforce to return to the office and with AI and Automation posing threats to traditional jobs, the Crypto industry is becoming an attractive option for talent seeking refuge from office return mandates.

As we navigate these complex dynamics within the blockchain job market, it's clear that the industry is not just facing challenges but also presenting new opportunities. In the next part of our exploration, we will delve deeper into the specifics of compensation and benefits in this evolving sector.

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Please read our previous HR Guide here and Navigating the Landscape of Crypto Compensation and Benefits (Part 1) & Navigating the Landscape of Crypto Compensation and Benefits (Part 2). You will discover our practical tips and recommendations based on our experience, mistakes, and successes in our journey, from 35 employees in 2021 to 145 people across 37 countries in 2023.

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