the outlook for 2021
As we head into 2021, there’s no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic is a driving factor in many of the job trends we’re seeing. The pandemic has been a seismic event that shifted the job market virtually overnight. Though the Canadian job market has yet to recover to the peak levels it reached in early 2020, there are some signs for hope. Some jobs functions are growing faster than others. While jobs in travel, food service and hospitality will be difficult to find in 2021, roles in sectors like essential retail, customer service, warehousing and IT are outpacing the market, and recovering much quicker.
fastest growing roles in 2021
The jobs that are thriving right now address core needs employers have during the pandemic. Jobs that can be done remotely or are related to the production or sale of essential goods have thrived during the COVID-19 crisis. Job functions related to ecommerce, IT, and healthcare make up a large portion of the jobs on this list, as those services are necessary to weather the pandemic. If you have strong skills in any of these areas, you’ll be a sought-after candidate among employers in 2021 and beyond.
fastest growing roles
biggest job losses in 2021
On the ‘loss’ side, the trends point toward entire sectors, rather than specific job functions. Companies in the service sector (food service, hospitality, travel, etc.) were hit especially hard by the pandemic, and those losses are reflected in their shrinking workforce. With health officials recommending Canadians stay home and limit their social activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this is not a surprise. Though the latter part of 2020 saw some job recovery in these sectors, they are still well below the employment peaks they experienced in early 2020 and don’t expect to fully recover by the end of 2021. Recovery in these sectors will be dependent on the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic and availability of a safe and effective vaccine.