The top 5 post pandemic jobs

When word came through that cafés and restaurants would reopen, there was a collective sigh of relief amongst would-be patrons, who had for months been gasping for a sit-down meal and glass of wine at their favourite eatery.

The owners of these establishments were the most relieved as they could now get their business turning over more revenue than is generated by a takeaway coffee and a limited menu.

Of course, with patrons willing and able to return to outside dining and proprietors ready to accommodate, albeit with 10 people sittings, staff needed to be re-engaged.

The question is: would staff be ready to go back to work or find jobs in industries that require a personal touch and close human connection or communication.

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According to jobseeker site Indeed, the answer is a resounding yes.

What are the top five current most sought after jobs?

According to a survey conducted by Indeed, the top five terms jobseekers are searching for are:

  • Café
  • Restaurant
  • Chef cook
  • Barista
  • Hospitality

Chef and cook were also in the top ten as separate search terms. Rounding out the top 10, were dental assistant and retail assistant.

Chef and cook were also in the top ten as separate search terms. Rounding out the top 10, were dental assistant and retail assistant.

You may be asking why there are only nine categories here, but the 10th was a generic search term for ‘job seeker Australia’, perhaps hinting that people are still trying to benefit from JobSeeker payments.

It is no surprise the hospitality industry dominates this survey as the cafe and restaurant sector was one of the first sectors to see lockdown restrictions lifted.

According to Indeed, the search term ‘Café’ saw the biggest growth, with a 56% increase over the previous fortnight.

Cafés and restaurants require wait staff, cooks, chefs, baristas, sommeliers and kitchen hands, so it is a logical place to start for people who found themselves out of work as the pandemic tragically put people on the unemployment line.

As restrictions ease further, as in time 20 patrons, 50 patrons and 100 patrons are allowed in venues, expect establishment owners to start hiring more staff and job search figures in this sector to climb further.

The interesting increase here is for retail assistants. Though not in the top 5, the retail sector was one of the hardest hit with redundancies becoming a terrible norm as customers abandoned shopping centres and retail outlets such as clothing and department stores.

Premier Investments owned by billionaire Solomon Lew shut down stores and axed 9000 global staff members across a range of brands including Smiggle, Peter Alexander, Portmans and Just Jeans. The Casino Group stood down more than 7000 workers, JB-Hi-Fi closed 14 New Zealand stores, while jewellery chain Lovisa, Athlete’s Foot owner Accent Group, Mosaic Brands (1400 shops, 6800 staff) and Michael Hill Jewellers (300 shops, 1600 workers) temporarily shut down Australian operations putting staff on hold or sacking them completely.

Retail was hit as hard as any industry including tourism and hospitality and it is staff who has suffered.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Shopping centres are re-opening, retail stores are back in operation and staff is required.

According to Indeed, retail roles also saw an increase over the past fortnight, with the search term ‘Retail assistant’ increasing by 29%.
Job seekers should now take heart that industry’s wheels are once again turning, albeit slowly.

For those who have been hardest hit by this pandemic, it’s time to re-engage with former employers or find a new job in an industry or sector such as retail and hospitality that could potentially make a quick comeback.


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