In the wake of COVID-19 and the “Great Adjustment,” there have been many changes in the workforce.
In a new report, LinkedIn used data from its site to identify the fastest-growing and most in-demand jobs right now.
The service industry is experiencing the highest growth
As businesses begin to reopen for personal business in the final months of 2021, the demand for service professionals of all types has been on the rise.
Hospitality has been particularly affected by the epidemic. According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association 2021 State of the Hotel Industry Report670,000 operational jobs and nearly 4 million hospitality jobs will be lost in 2020.
As the industry recovers, demand for housemaids (which also includes home and hospital cleaning professionals) more than tripled from the third quarter (July-September) to the fourth quarter (October-December) in 2021.
The top five jobs with the fastest growing demand during this period according to job functions were:
- housekeeper – 320% growth
- Nutritionist – 260% growth
- Pharmacy specialist – 250% growth
- tax advisor – 240% growth
- Python developer – 230% growth
Most of the required functions generally remain fixed
Workforce changes have left many industries facing labor shortages, but jobs that were in highest demand before COVID still rank highly.
The most in-demand jobs overall in the last quarter of 2021, according to LinkedIn posts, were:
- software engineer
- Sales Representative
- Registered Nurse
- Java software engineer
Of these, only nursing was new to the menu during the pandemic.
Of the top ten, the only job that made the list in the fourth quarter was Driver, which ranked ninth in terms of demand. With the fourth quarter being the holiday season, shopping and e-commerce likely contributed to the increased demand for drivers.
High quit rates change worker priorities
The number of workers leaving their jobs voluntarily has remained high after reaching an all-time high of 4.51 million in November 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
This has led to people-facing industries such as accommodation, retail and food service, which all experience high turnover under normal circumstances.
As labor shortages give workers more bargaining power, they have new priorities when choosing an employer.
according to 2021 Linkedin surveyFlexible work arrangements, inclusive workplaces, and work-life balance are becoming increasingly important to job candidates.
Employers are rethinking how they attract candidates
With no end in sight to the employment crisis, and Exhaustion is at an all-time highMany companies are reconsidering their recruitment processes, with streamlined application and interview processes.
Some companies are increasing their bidding salaries to retain and attract top talent, with 44% planning to offer increases of more than 3%, according to Payscale’s 2022 Compensation Best Practices Report.
However, with inflation approached 8%, This is not enough to offset the higher cost of living and may leave some employees dissatisfied.
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