The Most in-Demand Jobs FMCG & Retail

The Most in-Demand UK Jobs 2021

Recruiters are now reporting the strongest rebound in permanent hiring for six years in March as businesses prepare for the slow lifting of lockdown measures. Recruiters are also reporting accelerated growth in temporary billings, and the sharpest increase in overall vacancies since 2018.

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This information comes from a survey complied by IHS Markit for advisory firm KPMG and the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, and its findings suggest one of the strongest signals so far that businesses are becoming upbeat enough to take on new staff.

In addition to this, data from The Office of National Statistics suggest online job advertisements have now risen to levels seen on the eve of the first lockdown. These are very reassuring signals that the UK job market may return to pre-pandemic levels; with a sustained recovery in hiring being crucial if the UK is to rebound from the pandemic without any economic scarring.

Key industries and jobs that are under increasing demand

Findings from the KPMG/ REC survey also suggested key industries and jobs that are under increasing demand. Included in this are hospitality jobs, care jobs, and the IT sector.

In this article we will identify and discuss jobs within FMCG & Retail that are in high demand from both KPMG & REC’s survey findings and New Chapter’s observations of the current job market.

1. E-Commerce

The shift to digital was most certainly escalated by the pandemic and lockdown measures put in place. With all brick-and-mortar retail stores having to close their doors to the public, a major element in their survival has been to increase and improve their online presence through their online stores.

Some stores have not survived this transition period, but some have taken the challenge of running an online business and have been able to increase their reach and profits substantially.

Hiring for e-commerce roles has rocketed by 143 per cent in the last year compared to the previous year, LinkedIn’s latest findings show. Current hotspots for e-commerce roles are Birmingham, Northampton, Manchester and Leicester. With roles that are in demand ranging from Marketing roles, ops and warehouse roles.

2. Digital Content

Working in digital content creation is great for businesses at the moment because the role can be done anywhere, you do not have to be office based.

The quality of digital content has always been important, but recently the amount of effective digital content needed has skyrocketed as a result of the increasing use of Ecommerce platforms for trading, the use of influencers on social media, and general persuasive copy that is needed across digital platforms.

In the past year, LinkedIn has seen 118 per cent increase in the number of jobs posted in this line of work on its website.

3. Operations Management

An operations manager has a broad remit of responsibilities, and what they specifically do will depend on the industry and the employer. Overall an operations manager is in charge of the smooth running of an organisation. Areas they cover can be split into people, core operations, budgets, delivery and strategy. Successfully managing these five core areas will result in an efficient company. 

Included in the top companies that are hiring for operations managers are Network Rail, Tik Tok, KPMG, Vodafone and Asda.

4. Business Analyst

Overall, the job of a business analyst is to help an organisation plan for the future. This involves understanding where the company is currently at, what its future needs may be and then creating solutions to meet these needs. This typically relates to IT and software solutions, but it may include other things like staffing and budgets. 

If you’re interested in working as a business analyst, these are the top companies that are hiring; Betway Group, The Scottish Government, Save the Children, NRG and Kellogg Company.

5. Social Media and Digital Marketing

Standing out online is tough and businesses up and down the country are on the lookout for experts in social media and marketing to help drive up sales and ensure their products or services appeal to as many customers as possible.

There was an increase in demand for roles such as ‘Growth Hacker’, ‘Growth Specialist’, ‘Marketing Consultant’, ‘Social Media Manager’ and ‘Social Media Coordinator’ in recent months, all of which focus on innovative alternatives to traditional marketing.

Belfast, London and Manchester are all hotspots for jobs in this sector at the moment.

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