The job market post-COVID19 will move towards greater flexibility, with better pay for those in “heroic” roles that proved indispensable during the crisis, career experts say.
“Some roles will become better paid, but what will also change is that people will go out less and work from home more than ever,” leading international career expert James Innes says.
The UK’s best-selling careers author spoke to REDnews about his predictions for 2020 and beyond.
The jobs that he foresees becoming better paid include nursing, supermarket workers, postal service employees and delivery workers.
“I think that governments will put more money into health care and those who have not been considered heroes until recently, like nurses, should be paid better,” Innes said.
The industries which Innes sees booming, include logistics, IT and technology industries and telecommunications.
Innes, speaking from Britain, said that many offices in London have great broadband internet but people at home don’t necessarily have that same level of high-tech speed.
“Because of Covid-19, telecom systems and broadband will be improving for people at home to work efficiently,” he said.
“Employees are now thinking that it works well to work from home, and they don’t want to go back to the office for their 9-5 former schedule.
“There is an environmental opportunity here too because business travel can be cut back and replaced by Zoom or Skype meetings,” he said.
Career coach Janet Tuck, who is based in New Zealand, expects industries related to essential services, construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, the primary sector including food production and distribution, and IT to be buoyant.
“There will be lots of jobs in these areas, but there will also be a lot of competition from active and motivated job seekers who have lost jobs in other industries,” Tuck, who is the director of Career Clinic in Auckland, says.
“Working remotely or working from home will clearly become a significant trend going forward.
“We have worked out that it can be done, have proven in many cases that it can be more productive, and many have enjoyed not having to commute in heavy traffic.
“Many employers, especially those who have been reluctant to make progress towards more flexible working arrangements, have now been able to see how it might work and the benefits
“This might be a great opportunity to negotiate for more flexible working arrangements.” she said.
James Innes is the founder of James Innes Group, a multinational CV consultancy agency with clients across 12 countries.
Despite starting his company in 1998 with bricks and mortar offices that expanded around the world, by 2015 Innes decided to start closing the company’s offices and move his staff to working remotely from home.
By 2016 the last office had closed, and he was running the business with no physical office space.
“A lot of companies will seize this opportunity to take the same action in terms of cutting costs and benefiting the environment,” Innes says.
“Most of my employees embraced working remotely and it works.
“I don’t give my staff fixed hours or fixed holidays either, we just work around what works,” he said.