With the laying off of workers due to the pandemic since March 2020, there has been a surge in the job market in the UK. Many aspiring job professionals are now seeking to leverage the CPD benefits and take accredited courses to upskill themselves so that they can broaden their knowledge across a variety of industries.

According to an early 2021 Q1 job market study, 1.72 million people were unemployed in the United Kingdom at the end of December 2020, a 1.2 percent increase from September 2019. There’s never been more competition in the job market than in these times with people looking for ways to increase their odds of getting a job and here is a breakdown of some of the most popular jobs that were available in the Q1 of 2021:

Some Key Job Positions With Frequent Advertisements Due to the Pandemic  – 4th to 1st

4.     Sales Representatives and Marketing Professionals

Statistics show that 85,000 businesses have been formed online since March 2020, and 75% of shoppers and sellers favour online businesses. With the rise of online enterprises, it is vital to have a strong online presence as well as an online marketing strategy for the company’s success. Businesses that are struggling to get back on track needed great sales representatives and marketing staff to help them increase sales.

3.     Teaching Roles

The pandemic had also put a strain on the educational system. Schools are also playing catch-up, with many students grappling with challenges caused by months of homeschooling. Teachers benefit greatly from the help of teaching assistants.

To address the difficulty of catching up with students, many schools have expanded these positions. Teaching assistant positions accounted for around 2% of all available positions in the first quarter of 2021.

2.     Janitors / Cleaners

Janitorial staff roles were the second most in-demand, with 2.35 percent of employment offers.   Janitors’ and cleaners’ work is critical to businesses in these times, whether it’s to solve hygiene issues or to stay in compliance with government regulations. A clean workplace promotes a healthy work environment while motivating and engaging employees. 

1.     Healthcare Workers

It is not surprising that there is a high need for healthcare personnel. The pandemic is still causing damage, and the next winter might put further strain on hospitals. Many healthcare workers are leaving their positions, resulting in a large number of open positions. The NHS is already stretched thin, but the pandemic has required even more qualified medical staff to cope with COVID-19.

The Demand in Upskilling – How Beneficial Can CPD be?

From undertaking CPD accredited courses to upskill their knowledge, it provides an opportunity for employees to not only build up their confidence but also enables them to stay up-to-date with current events. Industry trends can change rapidly, and if one can’t keep up with the pace of change, his or her current knowledge and skills will become obsolete.

Consequently, by consistently being kept abreast of all the existing industry trends, it can help enhance the quality of professionalism of an employee and it can therefore provide them in good stead for future promotional opportunities.



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