Job Market Trends: Five Hiring Disruptions to Watch in 2019

After nine years of steady growth, the nation’s economy charged ahead in 2018.

Employers in the United States added 2.27 million new jobs as of November, riding a wave of federal tax cuts that pushed the nation’s unemployment rate down to 3.7 percent — the lowest since 1969. Unemployment hit 2 percent in many cities, fueling a decade-long war for talent in tech, healthcare, e-commerce, and professional services. Employers spent much of 2018 scrambling for innovative ways to recruit, facing a record 7 million unfilled jobs throughout America.

What are the next big workplace disruptions on the horizon? At Glassdoor, we have a unique vantage point on the future of work and hiring, with access to millions of real-time job listings, salaries, and company reviews from around the world. That allows us to keep a pulse on what’s happening in jobs, recruiting, and pay, and offers clues about what’s coming next for workers and employers.

In this report, we share the top 5 trends that shaped 2018 and our predictions about what’s coming next in 2019 for today’s fast-changing world of work and hiring, including:

  • Why AI will be workers’ friend, not foe.
  • The issue of employee data privacy.
  • How local talent matters more than ever.
  • The gig economy is much smaller than we thought.
  • More women are taking leadership positions.
  • How growing data pools will mean new job search methods.
  • Why the new era of hiring will be more non-tech jobs.
  • Getting diversity, inclusion and belonging right.
  • How shifting workforce demographics may lead to future labor shortages.
  • Should we brace for a coming economic recession?

To learn more, DOWNLOAD the full report. To hear an in-depth conversation with Glassdoor Chief Economist Dr. Andrew Chamberlain about this year’s trends, check out Hiring Predictions for 2019: Your Cheat Sheet for Winning Top Talent.