While hiring activity remained strong throughout the first three weeks of March this year, recruitment activity slowed down by 28% during week four – when the national lockdown was announced and implemented. This is according to research conducted by Career Junction for the month of March.
I was chatting to a recruiter in my network the other day, and she mentioned how “quiet things are out there”.
The lockdown also came at a great cost – shutting down many industries and businesses that are deemed ‘non-essential’, which added financial pressure to business owners, employees and their families.
Career Junction says their research indicated that more people were searching for jobs than jobs available. Below is an overview of vacancy levels across various sectors (indicated by the Demand graph) provides a good indication of where the majority of employment takes place. The IT, business & management and finance sectors are undoubtedly the most sought-after sectors, followed by the sales, admin, office & support and architecture & engineering sectors, among others listed.
MOST WANTED SKILLS:
The research shows that the following occupational fields are currently the most sought-after skill sets in the job market:
1. Software development
Software development skills remain the most in demand skills set. Despite the national lockdown, demand for software developers continued to grow throughout March 2020.
2. Middle / Department Management
Hiring activity for middle management decreased slightly during March 2020. Demand for middle management roles decreased by about about 53% with the implementation of lockdown. This is still one of the most sought-after skill sets in the job market.
3.Representative / Sales consulting
Sales roles remain high in demand in the job market. Hiring activity for sales consultants experienced a temporary slowdown during the fourth week of March when the national lockdown was announced and implemented.
Overall, recruitment activity for sales consultants remained stable during March.
Not all doom and gloom?
CareerJunction said that hiring activity is expected to pick up within essential supplies sectors such as medical and health due to the lockdown.
On the other side of the spectrum, hiring activity has been declining since the beginning of the year for the manufacturing, office, admin & support and business & management sectors.
Please note: The above information relates to research conducted for the month of March 2020.