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February 2024 Newsletter

What’s Up With the Labor Market in Early 2024?

Early this month the New York Times reported the job market started 2024 with a bang, with U.S. employers adding 353,00 jobs in January, far exceeding forecasts. While cautious, signs of optimism about the labor market are present:  the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) survey shows rising confidence in the economy, and predictions are that the labor market will continue adding jobs this year. Despite fears that A.I will replace human workers, recent data from the World Economic Forum finds that A.I. is now seen by nearly half of those surveyed as a catalyst for job growth.

The topics of market disruption in the tech sector, alongside new areas of opportunity for tech workers, came up when the Wall Street Journal interviewed Frederickson’s Tom Wilson this month (see the article below). Meanwhile with ongoing talent shortages, employers are putting increased focus on retaining talent. Our latest blog post examines labor relations trends, and what C-Suite and HR leaders need to know about addressing labor issues in 2024.

Un short, in 2024 the labor market is nothing if not dynamic, and we expect to continue watching with keen interest what’s happening in it—and looking forward to your insights.

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Blog Post:  Labor Relations and HR in 2023: 3 Considerations for the C-Suite

Labor Relations Blog Thumbnail 333x333By Mehreen Khan 

The 2023 U.S. labor market experienced a dramatic increase in union negotiations and strikes. With almost a million unionized workers engaging in negotiations with their employers and nearly 400 strikes recorded, the last year reflects a change in the labor landscape.

In 2024, C-suite executives and Human Resources (HR) leaders need to proactively engage with and address labor relations concerns, both to prevent disruptions and to adapt to an evolving workforce.

Read the blog post.


In the News: Frederickson Insights in the Wall Street Journal

Tech Officer Workers 333x333In February, journalist Sarah E. Needleman interviewed Tom Wilson, Frederickson President, for the WSJ article “Tech Layoffs Just Keep Coming As Sector Resets for AI.” Amid recent “belt-tightening” cuts in Silicon Valley, Tom noted new opportunities also emerging for tech workers. Here’s an excerpt:

The employment outlook for tech workers isn’t all doom and gloom. The demand for their skills continues to grow outside of tech in areas such as consumer products and manufacturing, said Tom Wilson, managing director at Gallagher Executive Search. Consider how there is now Bluetooth in toothbrushes and GPS in tractors, he said, adding that demand for human-resources professionals who understand tech recruiting is also rising.

Read the article here  


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Dei Esg Webinar Feb2024Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11am Pacific | 2pm Eastern

Pressure continues for leaders to optimize their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies and there is often a direct impact to their bottom line. Gallagher brings together a panel of experts representing DEI, ESG and wellbeing teams to provide information on:

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