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Thriving sectors

Diane Hall


A person celebrating success in front of his laptop.

Whilst industries such as travel, hospitality, and retail to some extent, have been knocked sideways by the pandemic, it’s perhaps good news—particularly to those who have lost their jobs—that some sectors are growing at a rapid rate.

There are opportunities in every disaster, and whilst this may seem cynical and almost brutish to admit, it’s a fact of life.

Manufacturers of PPE and hand-sanitiser were two clear winners early on in the pandemic, whether they could foresee it or not. Companies providing these products could not get them to where they were needed fast enough during March/April 2020.

So, now that we’re almost at the one-year anniversary of the first lockdown, which other sectors have seen a boost from these strange times?

Tablets on a table

Tablets on a table


Perhaps this is obvious, but when the country initially locked down, it wasn’t social media influencers or celebrities who were admired/lauded for keeping the world turning, it was people working within the NHS. They were the real superheroes in those early days —as they continue to be today. If anyone wants a secure job in a sector desperate for new blood, the health industry and the wider social care sector (care homes, etc.) will provide.

E-commerce and digital content

If a business wasn’t online when Covid-19 first arrived, it certainly will be now. With physical shopping restricted to essential items only, retailers had no choice in 2020 but to incorporate e-commerce.

Of course, online shops don’t build and design themselves, and finding ways to reach customers in a very noisy marketplace requires good, consistent content. This is a sector very much in demand at the moment; if you’re a web designer or content creator, it’s likely you will be very busy.

Cyber security

If everything has moved online, it’s no wonder that the sector securing all this new digital data is busy, too. Also, with more employees working from home than ever before, there is potentially a greater risk of security breaches. Cyber security professionals are hard at work protecting us—a job that’s never-ending, as technology continues to develop.


The industry was paused during the first lockdown, even though it was desperately trying to eradicate the housing shortage. New homes will always be needed, as will people with a skill/trade in the sector.


The economy may be on its knees for a long while, and that’s why talented city traders and investment specialists will be sought out by potential employers for years to come. We need the savviest money-minds to help keep the country’s finances on an even keel, and to help us prosper where opportunities exist, so that the ensuing recession we’re facing is, at least, over quickly.


Few people would swap places with teachers at the moment, what with the pressure they’re under to deliver lessons offline and online, whilst also keeping themselves safe from the virus. Maybe this is why many are leaving the profession. We don’t yet know the fallout from all the disruption to young people’s education; some students may need extra support to just get back to where they were before the pandemic began. Whether teaching in the public educational system, or tutoring privately, we’re sure you will find plenty of vacancies.

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