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Blue Monday is the most popular day to look for a new job

Originally cooked up as a marketing ploy and dismissed by scientists as pseudoscience, clearly, the term Blue Monday has resonated with residents of the northern hemisphere
Blue Monday is the most popular day to look for a new job

You might think compensation or company values are the most divisive catalysts prompting people to look for a new job. 

But it turns out Blue Monday, a.k.a the most depressing day of the year (which falls on January 16 this year) is a big influence. Its effects have infiltrated the job seeker psyche to the point that January is now the most popular month for people to quit their jobs. 

At the beginning of 2022, France saw its highest number of resignations ever with nearly 520,000 resignations. And in the Netherlands, the first quarter of 2022 saw a total of 1.9 million people starting a new job—400,000 more than in the first quarter of 2021. In fact, more than a third of European workers are ready to quit their jobs in the first three months of 2023, according to a new report by McKinsey

There’s also the financial benefit to employees to consider: job hoppers are able to increase their salaries and improve their benefits over those that stay put in their current companies and with inflation, energy prices and the cost of living continuing to impact on the spending power of European households, every cent counts. 

The good news is that January is also seen to be the best month of the year to look for and secure a new role—hiring managers, bolstered by new hiring budgets that need to be spent, are able to add to their teams or replace the people who have just left—and tech workers continue to be in high demand. 

Below are five tech companies that boast impressive credentials and employee-focused workplace cultures. They are all currently hiring across a range of roles but don’t forget to check out the Job Board for hundreds of additional opportunities. 


From a French tech start-up created in 2007, Deezer has become one of the first French unicorns and the second largest independent music streaming platform in the world. The company is striving to build an inclusive culture and foster a diverse environment and wants to ensure each employee feels welcome and safe at work. It is currently hiring for a range of roles in its Paris office including a Senior Data Engineer - Data Platform, an Advanced iOS Engineer – Partnership Team and a Junior Android Engineer – Partnership Team. Check out all open roles at Deezer here. 

Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy is on a mission to bring affordable, green energy to the world and prides itself on its work culture which empowers employees to work with freedom and responsibility and take ownership of what they do. It was voted best company to work for in 2022 and one of the 50 best places to work in 2022 on Glassdoor and its founder Greg Jackson has a theory that building a great team should be like building a dry-stone wall: instead of trying to fit humans into neat little rows, teams should be unique structures depending on the strengths and weaknesses of each individual. If this sounds like the kind of place you’d like to work, check out its Payroll Specialist role based out of Munich, Software Engineer position or Backend Developer opening, both based in Berlin. See all opportunities at Octopus Energy here


Neobank N26 wants to reimagine banking and harness design and technology to empower everything it does. Founded in 2013, N26 now has 7 million customers in 24 markets. It employs more than 1,500 employees across three office locations in Berlin, Vienna and Barcelona. Besides the main offices, N26 also has local offices in Paris, Madrid, Milan, and São Paulo. The company is hiring a range of tech roles including this Program Manager, Digital Products role. It is also looking for a Senior Backend Engineer and a Senior Workday Analyst (Finance), all based from its Berlin office. View all job openings at N26 here


Carbon13 works with founders to build startups that can reduce carbon emissions by millions of tonnes and each of the 70-plus founders embark on an eight-month Venture Builder programme to tackle some of the biggest challenges of achieving net zero. It is currently hiring a CTO for a climatech startup and is looking for bio and chemical engineers, developers, data scientists or machine learning specialists to take on this challenge and fight climate change. Apply for your preferred role today


Online supermarket Flink is revolutionising the grocery shopping experience and is growing its team rapidly. The company operates as an inclusive and equal opportunities employer with a diverse and multicultural team across Germany and the Netherlands. Current openings include Head of Last Mile Operations, its Social Media Lead which is based in the Berlin office and a (Senior) Payroll Specialist in Amsterdam. Explore all of Flink’s open opportunities here

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