We are aware of how challenging the past year has been for a lot of industries and job seekers and how it has changed the way the world behaves.
The impact of the lockdown on the UK job market has been dramatic. Jobs in retail, hospitality, leisure and travel haven been hit hard.
Businesses have had to adapt to this new era in order to survive, but that’s not all. Factors such as automation, urbanisation and the older population paint a picture of what the job market will look like in the next years.
However, there have been areas of growth too, mainly in the health and social care industry. For obvious reasons, online grocery shopping and retail have also experienced an expansion.
We’ve outlined some of the jobs that will be in high demand in the next few years:
1. Health professionals
Last year has made even more evident the need for qualified health professionals. The national health emergency has thrown the NHS under a new spotlight, with universities reporting unprecedented interest in health degrees.
The government has announced nearly 4000 extra university places for nurses as hospitals continue to experience shortages.
2. Social workers
The demand for social workers is expected to rise in line with the UK’s ageing population. Many care providers are already struggling to find professionals to fill up the vacancies.
3. Caring and personal service occupations
Jobs like care workers and dental nurses will be in high demand in the future years.
4. Mental health counsellors
One job that has significantly increased is mental health counsellors, with vacancies going up by 671% in the past year.
5. Web developers
Computer programming skills are the most demanded area of expertise in the UK. They are needed everywhere!
The number of children moving into secondary schools is growing, but teachers are in short supply. Jobs in education are in rose, especially with last year’s shift to online learning for prolonged periods.
7. Digital content
The creation of digital content has gone over the roof! With people spending so much time at home, both the quantity of content and the number of creators have increased massively. Graphic Designers, Podcasters, Editors and Content Writers are now in high demand.
This is also due to the nature of the job, as it can be done entirely from home.
As we mentioned above, due to the ongoing urbanisation and growth of the world’s population, constructors, carpenters and joiners will be always in demand.
The UK construction industry needs thousands of people every year.
9. E-commerce roles, delivery drivers and warehouse operatives.
The fact that online shopping has increased its popularity in the last year shouldn’t come as a surprise.
The good news is, there are a lot of professionals involved when people purchase online. From warehouse operatives to delivery drivers, this opens a wide job market that will be buzzing in the future.
The future is also temporary. That seems to be the takeaway for the coming years, as the cost of hiring temporary workers is often cheaper than permanent employees.
Not only that, but there has also been a shift in the perception of this temporary work, More and more people seem to find the great advantages of working in the gig economy, as it gifts them with more flexibility and freedom than a full-time, permanent position.
As it is cheaper and easier for employers, and more convenient for employees, temporary work is the perfect opportunity to access the job market in the future years.