LOCKDOWN, social distancing and working from home have radically reshaped the job market – all in less than six months.
As companies adapt to the new Covid-19 world, there’s been a huge shift in the types of roles firms are recruiting for.
In some sectors, hiring is at a standstill, while others are seeing a tenfold increase.
To identify which sectors are recruiting, research from LinkedIn reveals the top ten in-demand jobs in the “new normal”.
Darain Faraz, a careers expert at the site, said: “The UK is facing the toughest jobs market in a generation, but there are still jobs out there.
"You may need to broaden your horizons or learn new skills, but this could be an opportunity to move into an industry you’ve never considered.”
Here are ten fast-growing jobs:
- Personal shopper: Vacancies for the role have grown tenfold month on month as shoppers minimise the time they spend in stores.
- Customer service assistant: The online shopping boom means more support staff are needed.
- Pharmacy manager: Demand for this role has risen tenfold month on month to help keep us safe in the fight against Covid.
- Delivery driver: As Brits stay home, drivers are needed to get goods and food to them.
- Retail assistant: More in-store staff are needed to manage social distancing and cleaning.
- Business development specialist: Struggling firms are hiring experts to boost sales.
- Customer service adviser: More working from home roles are opening up to help vulnerable customers.
- Store manager: Experienced managers are in demand to keep stores running smoothly.
- Sales executive: Firms are having to supercharge their sales teams to make up for losses during lockdown.
- Customer success manager: This new role involves managing complaints for online shoppers, with a doubling of new vacancies in the last month.
Switch is just the job
SWITCH for success. The pandemic has prompted workers to rethink their career options, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics.
More than half who changed jobs in the first half of this year moved into a different industry.
If you’re looking to switch, here are some tips on how to do it from the experts at careershifters.org.
- The biggest obstacle might be you – not the outside world. Consider what you really want to do and start your career change search.
- Seek help from others. Talk to people outside your industry and network online with people in the area you want to move into. You’ll get different ideas that will move you forward.
- Think of it as an expedition, not a day trip. It might take several steps to get where you want to be.
- Step into different worlds. Try online courses to discover what other jobs you might like. Shadow friends in other industries. Each possibility you cross off is one step closer to the one you want.
- Look for people, not jobs. Job sites and recruitment consultants have their uses but they’re not the place to start. Focus on connecting with people. You might not be conventionally qualified to work in a new area, but if you connect with the right person, you’ll get into the right job.
ON-DEMAND supermarket delivery service Weezy is hiring drivers.
- You can fill in the application form at 1weezy.typeform.com/to/eymVxI
Home in on policy
STAFF working from home have been urged to check their home contents insurance over fears that items including phones and laptops are only covered for domestic use.
The Association of British Insurers had initially pledged that people would not need to inform their insurers.
But as the Government urges staff to go back in to work, this is being reviewed on September 1.
Jimmy Williams, of Urban Jungle insurers, said: “Some insurers insist domestic policies don’t cover incidents if people are working from home.
"We urge Brits working from home to see if their policies are valid.”
IT PROVIDER the 848 Group is taking on apprentices, business development and technical staff.
- Email your CV to [email protected]
Jim's face value
UNI student turned entrepreneur James Eid is recruiting 30 new workers for his Signature Masks firm.
The 19-year-old set up the company selling affordable masks at the start of the pandemic, after he struggled to find a face covering he could afford so he could visit his grandmother, who suffers from Behcet’s disease.
James, from London, said: “We’re looking to expand the team with a range of talent from marketeers and engineers to skilled operatives for the factory.”
- Apply at signaturemasks.co.uk/ pages/contact.
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