New career opportunities in life after lockdown
The lockdown impact on the job market has been a jolt like no other. But that has also paved the way for a new era in employment.
Here are just some of the careers and industries set for a dramatic boom as life begins to slowly return to normality.
Leading employment experts predict better pay in jobs such as healthcare and nursing, supermarket and online retail workers, delivery workers, and postal service workers.
Other industries expected to boom will include IT and technology, logistics and telecommunications.
Since the lockdown, around a third of the workforce in the UK - that’s around 33 million people - were put on furlough, self-employment income support or Universal Credit.
Millions of others were also forced to work from home away from their offices.
The jobs hardest hit have been bricks and mortar retail, hospitality, leisure and travel have been hardest hit while other industries such as manufacturing and construction have also been forced to let workers go.
Some of the skills employers will be keen on in the future will include project and programme management, having an innovation and strategic mindset, good communication skills, and languages.
- Healthcare - The fact that governments had relied so heavily on healthcare during the frontline battles against COVID-19 means vast investment and more focus on jobs in this sector will be imminent especially in the public sector. It’s not just about nurses and doctors, but also carers, managers, administrators, trainers, and pharmacists. Other careers in healthcare include digital health analysts, emergency workers, scientists and researchers.
- Supply and demand - Jobs such as adaptable analysts, technology specialists and planners that can run responsive and well-drilled operations will be very much in demand. Other popular positions will be those in online retailers and especially in logistics including transport, warehousing and deliveries.
- Government project management and risk assessment - In light of the coronavirus pandemic, project and programme management roles will be key. Knowing the ins and outs of assembling and distributing supplies in a short space of time as well as organising large numbers at the drop of a hat will be fundamental components of that job description.
- Green and renewable energy - With the environment having benefited from the reduction of pollutants thanks to self isolation and social distancing, there is today a renewed style of living where people are less dependent on others. This self-sustaining way of life when it comes to domestic settings will spur more and more people to produce their own food, generate their own energy and even self-manage things like health and leisure.
- Technology - Technology played a huge role during the lockdown and it is once again expected to be at the forefront of life post-coronavirus. Information, communication and date are just some of the crucial aspects of what will be the long and hard recovery for the economy.
Figures from Deloitte show that people under 30 or over 60 were the most vulnerable when it came to being furloughed or being made redundant while those aged between 35 and 59 or higher were the ones more likely to keep hold of their jobs.
Before the UK lockdown took hold, people working from home tended to be more older workers in more senior roles. But that is now a thing of the past and the age range is now essentially over. Those changes along with others when it comes to working from home are now here to stay particularly in services such as retail, education, entertainment and healthcare.
The same estimates by Deloitte predict the employment industry in the next decade or so will also be reshaped by other factors as well such as life in post-Brexit - particularly when it comes to immigration - and the UK’s ageing population.