Skills Shortages and How You Can Get A Job Quickly!

Skills Shortages and How You Can Get A Job Quickly!

 

The post-Covid-19 job market has lead to high demand in many industries after job losses, furlough schemes and redundancies meant millions of UK workers lost their job during the pandemic.

What’s more, although workers are not infinitely mobile, the recent pandemic has shown that many people can successfully work from home. Therefore employers are now able to widen their nets and attract remote workers however, it also means employees can be pickier about their job opportunities and have time to find the perfect vacancy.

On the other hand, it also allows workers to find jobs super quickly and train in a variety of different sectors and job roles. So let's take a look at which industries are in demand the most!

 

Urgent Jobs - Hiring Now

 

If you're looking to find work quickly, employers offering these vacancies are likely to respond quickly to your application. Whether due to seasonal peaks in demand or sector shortages, you stand a better chance of being invited to an interview now than in times gone by. Make sure you still take the time to tailor your CV or add relevant key words to your personal profile, but applying for these jobs should hopefully see you into work more quickly:

 

  • Hospitality - As restrictions have eased, businesses are struggling to fill thousands of vacancies most notably waiting staff, bar staff and chefs. Most of these jobs involve working flexible, part-time hours, which is ideal for those who have caring responsibilities or study commitments. However, you may also need to work late nights or weekends, or have access to your own transport if finish outside of public transport running times. Pay rates are typically £9.00-12.00 per hour depending on the role, but many simply require great customer service skills.

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  • Social Care - We've appreciated them more than ever over the past few years, but the adult social care sector is still desperate for more empathetic, caring individuals to become Care Workers. Working in either a residential (care home) setting or helping people in their own homes (domiciliary care) as a Support Worker, you'll be given full training, £9.00-11.00 per hour, professional qualifications and a career path for life. You'll have the option to work part-time or flexible hours if you need to and play your role in giving back to our local community.

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  • Retail - Like the idea of working with customers? Want to represent your favourite brand? Need flexible work? Jobs in retail offer lots of advantages (and no, we're not just talking about store discounts!) and at this time of year, there's plenty of opportunities to bag yourself a Retail Assistant job. From larger chains to independents, everyone needs an extra pair of hands on the shop floor or in the stock room in the run up to Christmas and, for those who excel, you may even be offered a longer-term position well into the New Year,

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  • HR and Recruitment - SMEs are finding it harder than their larger competitors when it comes to attracting many sought-after HR and internal recruitment consultants. Whilst HR was previously incredibly competitive to break into at entry-level, there's now regular opportunities for switched-on, self-motivated individuals who are passionate about people to build a solid future career in human resources. Starting out as a HR Administrator or Assistant, Recruitment Administrator or Resourcer, you'll be offered £16-22K and often the option of undertaking professional qualifications (like your CIPD) after 12 months or the chance to develop your career within the team.

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  • Apprenticeships - Not just for young people, apprenticeships are available to any age or ability. Right now, there's lots of support and funding available to employers to offer apprenticeship vacancies - so whether you're looking to retrain/upskill in a new sector or your first job on the career ladder, it's well worth having a look to see if there's an apprentice available to suit you. From business administration to childcare to hairdressing to vehicle maintenance, there's plenty of trainee or experienced apprentice jobs on offer. Don't forget that this is a great way to get paid and learn while you earn, gaining professional qualifications that will boost your CV and job prospects beyond the apprenticeship contract.

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  • Driving - We all know that HGV drivers are hugely sought after right now, but don't forget that standard delivery drivers are too! For some you'll simply need a clean driving license and for others you'll need your own transport too, but otherwise this could be an easy route to finding work quickly. Particularly in the run up to Christmas, businesses are looking for additional drivers to help out with deliveries, collect/drop-off parcels and distribute goods. Typically offering flexible hours and £10-15 per hour pay rates, depending on the role and company.

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  • Production / Manufacturing - Factories and warehouse are also recruiting en masse too. Here in Stockport, we have a high proportion of manufacturing busineses so Assembly Operatives, Production Operatives, Pickers / Packers, Despatch Assistants, Warehouse Operatives and similar roles are in high demand right now - with many jobs offering an immediate interview and next day start date. Whilst some need previous experience (for example using hand tools or working in a food setting), others simply need a reliable and hard-working person who is quick and willing to learn. 

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Medium to Long-Term Jobs - Hiring now and in the future

 

If you're looking to find work quickly, employers offering these vacancies are likely to respond quickly to your application. Whether due to seasonal peaks in demand or sector shortages, you stand a better chance of being invited to an interview now than in times gone by. Make sure you still take the time to tailor your CV or add relevant key words to your personal profile, but applying for these jobs should hopefully see you into work more quickly:

  • Healthcare professionals - from public health managers and directors to biological scientists, lab technicians, residential care staff, psychologists, dentists, ophthalmologists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, nurses, midwives, social workers, paramedics, and residential care managers
  • Scientists - All manner of science-based roles are included on the Home Office’s Shortage Occupation List, from Biological Scientists and Biochemists to Engineering Geologists.
  • Engineering - Roles on the Shortage Occupation List include Civil Engineers, Design and Development Engineers and Process Engineers.
  • IT and Digital - With the technology boom in 2020 due to the pandemic there’s an ever-increasing demand for IT and Digital skills in the UK. In-demand roles include Project Managers, Business Analysts, Architects, Web Designers and Developers, Software Engineers, Testers, Cybersecurity specialists, and AI and Robotics specialists.
  • Other roles - other difficult-to-fill roles include management consultants, financial professionals (actuaries, economists, statisticians, accountants), directors and CEOs, middle management, HR professionals, secondary school teachers and mechanical engineers.

 

There's still a way to go before we can be completely clear about the effects of the pandemic. Its expected demand for digital skills and transferrable skills such as creativity, critical thinking, interpersonal communication skills and leadership skills will also become more important as technology advances and virtual/hybrid working becomes a lot more common.

So, get your CVs at the ready and start finding amazing opportunities!

 

You can search for the very latest jobs in the Stockport area here.

We have a wide range of part time, temporary, volunteer and permanent positions in  Administration, Cleaning, Customer Service, Driving, Financial, IT & Tech, Social Care/Healthcare and Warehouse jobs in Stockport.

You can also register your CV here.