Did Supply Meet Demand? Infographic Data Unveils the Jobs Most Advertised Earlier On in 2021
We have all been impacted by the pandemic in many ways.
12:50 05 August 2021
One of the most notable of these is our professional lives. Whether it’s been months of furlough, job loss, remote working or having the time to reflect and choose a career change, the impact on careers has been substantial.
But with the job market fluctuating greatly over the last year, what roles are out there? A CPD Standards infographic has revealed where the demand for new starters really is. With employment rates at their highest at the end of December 2020, members of the public were struggling to find roles.
However, now the job market is returning to ‘normal’ and some sectors are stronger than ever with positions available but not enough candidates. However, this doesn’t mean job seekers can become complacent and assume that they can easily land a role.
Current skills, experience and qualifications can be the difference between organisations fighting over an applicant and candidates struggling to find even entry-level positions in their field.
Who Is In Demand?
Whether you are looking for a new role, a new career or are perhaps thinking about training and want to know what industries are hiring, we have the full list below of most in-demand sectors.
It’s probably no surprise that healthcare workers are in high demand. Even with hospital admissions lower than at the peak of the pandemic, it doesn’t mean the pressure has eased off within the sector.
Many staff are experiencing burnout from the last 18 months and have chosen to take a step back to look after their own physical and mental health, leading to the highest number of positions available.
The NHS is also a large employer of EU nationals. Brexit, teamed with individuals wanting to return to their families during the pandemic has led to understaffing in many hospitals.
This has led to over 4% of all open positions in the job market being within the healthcare sector.
Cleanliness and hygiene have never been more important. Even with fewer employees returning to the office full-time, cleaning staff are in high demand.
No longer do office buildings only require washroom and kitchen services, with the occasional vacuum and bin collection. Touch-point cleaning, a focus on items that are regularly touched such as light switches and door handles, is a time consuming but necessary task and is leading to more cleaners needed nationwide.
Over 2% of all roles on the market are in the cleaning/janitorial sector.
Schools have felt the pressure and teachers certainly deserve all the assistance they can get to help children return to school while also dealing with school ‘bubbles’ having to isolate frequently.
Teaching assistant roles make up over 2% of the job market, helping to provide support to teachers during this incredibly difficult time.
Parents are always needing childcare but the pandemic has led to growing numbers requesting professional services. School closures and classroom bubbles having to isolate has led to professionals being brought in to look after children.
Whether the parents are essential workers or working from home and needing childcare so they aren’t distracted, childcare now makes up over 1% of all the jobs advertised.
From missed school work to taking up a new hobby or skill during lockdowns, private tutors are in high demand. Tutors are no longer for traditional school subjects and are wanted in almost all areas.
One of the most in-demand services is those that help teenagers apply and get into their university of choice. With UCAS applications working slightly differently from normal, parents are wanting to ensure the best for their children and their access to higher education. These roles make up just under 1.5% of jobs online.
Where Are These Roles?
Now that the UK is reopening and remote working isn’t as available as it was last year, location is becoming crucial again when job hunting.
27% of all advertised roles are in London, 26% are split evenly between Birmingham and Cambridge. Bristol possesses 10% and Manchester has 12%. Leeds and Glasgow are advertising 10% and 12% retrospectively. The North/South divide appears to have remained the same pre and post-pandemic.
Although the UK appears to be coming to an end for most COVID restrictions, new variants still leave uncertainty as to when we can completely return to ‘normal. Those who are wanting to change careers need to perform even more thorough research than pre-2020 to make the most of their careers and ensure any training investments will bring the desired results.
By taking into consideration the results of the study, candidates will be able to future-proof their careers and ensure that roles will be safe, even if another lockdown occurs or the pandemic lasts longer than anticipated.