Crypto winter? DeFi, Metaverse and NFT job market still hot — Recruiters

The ongoing crypto winter has seen budgets and jobs slashed, but the search for top-tier talent hasn’t stopped across several Web3 verticals, according to some crypto recruitment firms.

Kevin Gibson, founder of crypto recruiting firm Proof of Search, said that the majority of staff cuts in the crypto market have been from centralized exchanges, most notably the 18% staff cut at Coinbase in June, 10% cuts at Gemini in July and the 5% cut at

Despite this, he said there is “still a great deal of demand” for crypto job seekers to get work with “GameFi, Metaverse, decentralized finance and NFT-oriented companies.”

Gibson explained that crypto job boards continue to be dominated by developer and engineer roles, adding there is also “a shortage of experienced CTO, CMO and token experts.”

Gibson added that venture capital firms have continued to deploy capital “to companies with solid business models which have seen sustained hiring activity despite market fluctuations.”

These claims appear to be backed by a recent report from crypto analytics firm Messari, which showed that $30.3 billion was poured into crypto companies in H1 2022, which was more than 2021. While Web3 and nonfungible token (NFT) projects captured $8.6 billion of the total amount invested in the period.

Founder of CryptoRecruit Neil Dundon told that the majority he had seen came from “non-essential areas.”

Dundon said, however, over the short to medium term, the crypto job market will “remain relatively stagnant for the time being until we get confirmation that we have exited the bear market,” despite there still being plenty of “great opportunities” out there for both crypto companies and job seekers.

But, bear market or not, Dundon said that a crypto company’s ability to adapt to changing circumstances will go a long way toward success in this market:

“Crypto is still a nascent industry the most important attribute to have when entering this space is a start up mentality. The ability to roll with the punches when things get a bit tougher or company direction changes. Building new things is not for the faint hearted.”

Some of the world’s largest publicly traded companies have also poured funds into the crypto market in 2022. According to BlockData, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, PayPal, Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs are among some of the companies to have participated in funding rounds.

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