Are you looking for a new role in 2020? If so, you’re not alone. One of the UK’s largest recruitment companies has conducted a major study revealing that over half (55%) of UK workers plan to look for a new job in the coming year. The reason is that over a third of staff (37%) say there’s no scope for progression within their current organisation.
With employers reporting major skills shortages, 2020 looks like a promising year if you’re in the market for a new position. While there are definite growth booms in key emerging industries, the demand for talent is wide-ranging. This is because 2020 will be the year that a number of industries expand their skills base in order to develop their operations. For example, automation engineers are now frequently sought after outside of the general manufacturing industry and into the retail, FMGC and pharmaceutical industries.
The number of artificial intelligence, data science and robotics roles continues to expand across nearly every industry. There’s also a continuously high demand for IT skills, with at least five roles in the top ranking including the word “engineer” in the title. With increasingly sophisticated systems, the need for specialised cyber-skills is strong. Technology and digitally focused jobs will continue to grow given the widespread digital transformation projects that continue to shape both our personal and work lives.
It’s not just technical skills that are in demand. Creatives will increasingly cross over into corporate and technical industries to facilitate competitive growth. This will see dynamic collaborations within teams working on projects as companies consider their products, services and marketing from every angle. This will also facilitate a need for strong managers to help implement and lead ‘change’ projects. ‘Customer success specialists,’ and ‘sales development representatives’ are highly sought after, reflecting the increased emphasis on user experience and customer relations.
Accountancy and technical finance roles will be a priority for employers when hiring as organisations continue to tighten their financial controls. According to a global jobs site study, Chief Financial Officers (CFO) perform the U.K.’s best paid job on average. CFOs are responsible for managing a company’s financial planning and reporting. In Britain they take home an average salary of £112,666. There’s also a growing demand for financial advisors and specialists in areas such as tax.
Medical specialist round out the top earners and most in demand roles for 2020. Orthodontists, who fix the appearance of teeth, earn £99,010, while dermatologists and other skincare specialists command £93,282 a year on average. This reflects a growing consumer demand for specialist medical and cosmetic treatments, but also the lengthy training time it takes to become qualified. For example, to train as an orthodontist in the U.K. requires five years of studying dentistry, followed by workplace training and three further years of study to become fully qualified.
Employers are heavily prioritising good soft skills alongside technical ability, so bear in mind how you could improve your communication, problem-solving and adaptability skills to propel your job search. Shelley Osborne, vice president of learning at Udemy, says that she’s noticed an increased interest in skills that require a human element, like critical thinking and emotional intelligence. These are not only important complimentary skills, they’re critical for managers and positions that demand collaboration and coordination.
If you’re in the market for new role in 2020, then get off to a good start by checking out our top interview dos and don’ts here. RoQ recruitment have access to a select number of permanent and temporary positions – to speak to one of our recruitment specialists, call: 0800 971 7070Tags: Job Prospects