It’s no surprise that 2020 has been a hard year. Many people have suffered due to the pandemic. But when it comes to jobs, that’s a whole other story.
During the pandemic, the job market saw a big decrease. Millions of people had to work from home, be put on furlough, or lose their jobs altogether. According to an Office of National Statistics (ONS) survey, between June and August of 2020, at least 1.5 million were labelled as unemployed in the UK.
Not all is lost though, as there have been some booming industries during the pandemic. If you’re someone who is looking for a job right now, you have come to the right place.
What are the Booming Industries During the Pandemic?
Although we’ve discussed the fall of businesses during this time, that hasn’t been the case for them all. When one industry goes down, another finds a way to flourish. These jobs are helping to provide hope for the economy and will likely continue to do so.
Here are the industries that have flourished during the pandemic:
1. Cleaning Services
We have fears of the virus spreading. Since viruses can get on surfaces, professional cleaners have been in high demand to sanitise restaurants, offices, commercial buildings, homes, medical buildings, and public transportation. People want there to be more frequent cleaning to keep themselves and others safe.
2. Delivery Services
With people stuck at home, there has been a surge in demand for food delivery services. In fact, Uber Eats is the most downloaded food and drink app in the UK in Q1 2021. Food delivery services are also helping restaurants and small businesses stay on their feet by joining the app.
DoorDash was another app that went public last year and saw a stable increase throughout as people needed food delivered.
3. Grocery Stores
With restaurants having to close and stay-at-home guidelines put into effect, we are stocking up on supplies and eating more at home. Grocery stores have seen a huge spike because of this.
4. Liquor Stores
Much like restaurants closing, bars are doing the same. But there is still a demand for alcoholic beverages, may it be for virtual wine nights or just for regular days when we want to relax. This is leading to an increase in sales for liquor and wine.
5. Board Game Companies
We never had any time to just sit down and play a game with our lives being so busy. We turned to board games and puzzles as a way to keep us company and bond during the pandemic.
6. Fitness Equipment Companies
Gyms are closed and not everyone has access to a backyard or trail outdoors. The solution? Bringing the gym into our homes.
Yoga mats have been one of the highest increases in sales of fitness equipment during this time. People have also resorted to researching and finding fitness classes to take online as well.
Peloton was another fitness equipment people bought to be able to work out from home and keep themselves occupied.
7. Telehealth Services
Most people don’t want to risk going out at all, let alone to their doctor’s. Many people are choosing to see them virtually instead.
8. Tutoring Services
With the transition of going from in-person to virtual learning, parents are worried about their kids struggling. Teachers are also being overworked during this time.
For many school districts, a lot of kids weren’t able to get the time they needed with their teachers. Private tutors help fill in that gap the students are missing and need.
9. Used Car Market
With physical guidelines in effect, we don’t want to be using public transportation. Given the economic uncertainty the pandemic has caused us, not many people want to invest in a new car because of the interest rates.
10. Behavioural Health Providers
Mental health has seen a big spike during the pandemic with a constant demand for behavioural and mental health providers to address these problems. Virtual therapy has also seen an increase due to practices not being open for in-person as well.
11. Home Health Providers
The demand for home health providers is now higher than it was before the pandemic even started. These are workers who go to the homes of people with chronic illnesses, disabilities, and age-related issues or impairments and help care for them.
12. Tech Companies
Since we are staying at home more, we need the type of software and technology to let us work from home. Some tech companies saw a big increase in their revenue for this past year. Zoom’s sales growth was the largest of all the companies since people rely on them for work and staying in touch with friends and family.
Amazon has seen a large increase in sales as more people are buying online since stores aren’t open. Netflix has become the new cinema for watching shows and movies. Facebook has turned into a place for others to connect and video chat as well to keep in touch.
13. Healthcare Workers
Perhaps the most important people that have helped get us through since the beginning of all of this. The doctors, nurses, physician assistants, medical assistants, emergency responders, and all the other healthcare workers who are risking their lives by providing testing and tending to patients with Covid-19. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
We Can Only Go Up from Here
Even though a lot is still unknown during this pandemic, it’s good to see a lot of recruiters ready to return and bring in new people eager to join their employment. There is still good to come, and we can only continue to go up from here.