With the proliferation of cutting-edge technology advancing into nearly every workplace, and the needs of the general public shifting swiftly, it’s almost impossible to predict where the jobs market will be within the next five or six years.
However, as 2019 gives way to 2020, the image for the year ahead is slowly becoming clearer and with the help of some in-depth research from Hays, we can now reveal the jobs and trends that are set to light a fire under the recruitment industry.
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The new research, which was conducted by recruiting experts Hays and based on a survey of over 31,500 respondents, provides a good indication about the vast number of opportunities available this year. January is the ideal time to look into future trends, as many workers will return from the Christmas break with the intention of seeking out new opportunities. In fact, over half (55%) of UK workers plan to look for a new job in the coming year as over a third of staff (37%) say there is no scope for progression within their current organisation.
The study also revealed the top roles that employers are looking for in 2020. The roles that make up the top ten list are commanding above average salary increases as skills shortages mean employers are struggling to find the talent they need.
Top ten jobs for 2020
1 BI Analyst
2 DevOps Manager
3 Finance Manager
4 Software Developer
5 Quantity Surveyor
6 Management Accountant
7 Project and Change Managers
8 Digital Marketing Managers
9 Automation Engineer
“It’s clear from our list for 2020 that technology and digitally focussed jobs will continue to be in demand given the widespread digital transformation projects, which continue to shape both our personal and work lives,” commented Simon Winfield, Managing Director of Hays UK & Ireland.
“Roles such as project and change managers are also highly sought after to help support organisations to implement and lead change projects. Within accountancy, technical finance and managerial roles will be a priority for employers when hiring as organisations continue to tighten financial controls. In engineering, automation engineers are now frequently sought after outside of the general manufacturing industry and into the retail, FMGC and pharmaceutical industries,” he continued.