UX Job Market:
Hot or Not?

Monthly data revealing the temperature of the UX job market & trends across various disciplines.

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Last Updated: May 20th, 2024

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UX Job Market Heat Score

(May 2024)
The heat index is a score ranging from 0 to 100 that reflects the health of the UX job market. It balances the impact of job postings and layoffs, with weights assigned to emphasize their significance. A higher score indicates a more robust job market, while a lower score suggests challenges. This index provides a nuanced view of market conditions, helping stakeholders make informed decisions.

UX Job Market Analysis
(May 2024)

As we move into May 2024, our analysis offers an insightful overview of the UX job market as of April, capturing significant shifts and emerging trends. The landscape reveals varied performances across different UX roles, influenced by broader market dynamics.

Product Design: April saw a robust increase in job postings, continuing the positive momentum from March. This steady uptick suggests growing opportunities and a strong demand for Product Design skills.

Product Management: The availability of jobs in this sector remained steady in April but showed no significant growth. Initial data for May suggests a massive rise in job opportunities for Product Managers.

UX Research: Job postings for UX Research were just above average in April. However, initial data for May indicates a similar or below average result.

Design Operations: April recorded lower-than-average job posting volumes for Design Operations, and the outlook for May remains cautious, with a continued downtrend in new postings. This shift may signal a cooling in operational hiring after a period of stability.

Tech Layoffs Impact: The tech sector experienced a massive amount of layoffs in April, including notable reductions such as a 10% workforce cut at Tesla. While May has also seen layoffs, the overall number is relatively low at 2,982, suggesting that April’s layoffs may represent a minor setback rather than a continuing trend.

Forward Outlook: Midway though Q2, the UX job market is showing promising signs of positive momentum, led by a surge in Product Design roles. We remain cautiously optimistic about the coming months, anticipating that other disciplines might echo the positive trends seen in Product Design. The general trend of decreasing layoffs is a favorable sign, indicating potential market stabilization and renewed growth opportunities.

Product Design Job Postings

Product Management Job Postings

UX Research Job Postings

Design Operations Job Postings

Tech Industry Layoff Trends

UX Job Postings by Location

(2024)

Data sourced from Google Jobs' aggregated listings across platforms, with monthly job post counts and deduplication, complemented by tech industry layoff figures from layoffs.fyi.

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