Unemployment is slowly decreasing after reeling from the effects of the pandemic, and in fact, there is currently a staff shortage mainly affecting some of the industries that have been hit the hardest. Since leaving the EU, we have seen many workers leave the UK, creating many vacancies in restaurants to banking and the country as a whole with record level staff shortages. Below we look at what are currently the most in-demand jobs in the UK.
From warehouse staff to delivery drivers, there is currently an unprecedented shortage of staff in this sector, leading to supply chain issues affecting supermarket deliveries, general cargo and the postal service to name a few. These employers are even offering bonuses of up to £1,000 to sign up with them in an attempt to stave off competition – unheard of at this level before the pandemic. Such jobs often require manual labour and sometimes unappealing hours and this has played a role in difficulties recruiting, besides Brexit.
There always seems to be a shortage of healthcare workers from doctors, nurses, midwives and care workers to name a few. The pandemic has only sought to add pressure to this sector where staff are generally considered to be underpaid and undervalued for the work they do. This certainly contributes to jobs in this sector being in consistently high demand, but due to it being a government-run sector, there are none of the incentives you would find in the private sector.
Long waiting times to see medical professionals and do surgeries have been exacerbated by the pandemic, and the importance of workers in this sector has been even more evident. Unfortunately, while the jobs have high demand, there are nowhere enough workers to fill them for the time being.
While jobs throughout the whole IT industry are also in high demand, there is a real lack of systems architects who design and oversee it all. Without them, the progression in this industry will begin to stagnate and the UK will find itself being much less competitive. From creating and implementing meeting room booking systems to ensure the smooth transition into new system structures, a systems architect is responsible for its success and failures. The is a high-pressure job and is therefore paid very well, but the issue is there are currently not enough competent applicants.
From waiters/waitresses, baristas to porters, the hospital industry has probably been hit the worst by the pandemic and Brexit double whammy. And now that the borders have opened up and travel is resuming, the UK has found itself extremely short-staffed in this sector. It was a big employer of workers from around Europe, many of whom have now left due to these events, and the whole sector is struggling to replace them.