What job roles will be in demand in 2021?

Employment & Skills | Reports

We’re living in the most turbulent time of recent years as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the world, but how has the job market been affected?

A new report from Quadrotech has analysed the UK job market to reveal how the it is fairing, from the most in demand roles and industries, salary insights and the trends we can expect to see in 2021. The report, from analysis of job listings on Adzuna over the past year, aims to forecast what jobs of the future might look like.

Top ten most in-demand roles of 2020

With non-essential shops closed throughout national lockdowns, the British public have turned to online orders meaning a rise in the need for couriers, leading to it becoming the most in-demand job role of 2020.

Essential workers such as cleaners and teachers have also made the top ten list of most in-demand roles, with electricians and mechanics closely behind.

The top ten most in-demand jobs of 2020 were:


Surge in demand for mental health counsellors

Whilst not on the top ten list, one job role that’s significantly increased as a result of the pandemic is mental health counsellors.

Vacancies for this role have rocketed by 671% in the last year with increased awareness of wellbeing and self-care due to the pandemic.

Salaries for the role have also increased as the position comes more in demand, rising by 47.4% as the salary nearly doubles from £28,906 to £42,619.

Speaking on the report Nigel Williams, CMO from Quadrotech said: “The job market is constantly shifting to meet the demands of employers, employees, and the businesses they serve. The jobs on offer to our grandparents’ generation look very different to the in-demand roles of today. We service companies across the sector and are seeing a consistent change in trends and processes as we navigate this uncertain period.

“The results show us that there’s a clear increase in the new ‘normal’ that comes with 2020 and mental health is leading the forefront of change, as, quite rightly, we start to prioritise caring for our mental as well as physical health. For the future, we expect technology and essential workers to be the in-demand job roles of 2021, as we hopefully begin to head back to normality.

“We’re seeing a continuous rise in tech roles, with the correlation of salaries being amongst the highest in the report. This is where talent and focus will continue to grow in 2020 as businesses continue to invest in technology to support business growth and at-home working. We expect demand for cleaners to continue to be strong as we guard ourselves for the future. We also expect some travel roles to make a comeback later in 2021 when the industry starts to open up again.”

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