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Jobs with High Demand During COVID-19 Crisis

May 12, 2020

None of thought as we saw in the New Year and said goodbye to 2019, that 2020 would change our lives so dramatically.  Many of us as usual saw in the New Year with enthusiasm and optimism.  Only a few scientists and government officials had any idea of what was coming.  Yet, globally our economies have suffered, and the job markets changed almost overnight.

Suddenly roles that were previously often considered relatively insignificant have risen in importance.  There is no doubt that some industries and organizations will suffer severe hardship from the global pandemic.  However, there are some sectors, employees, self-employed workers, companies and large organizations that will actually benefit from this massive upset to our lives.  For many people, this is not a conscious choice, and for some of us, it is a case of adapting to do anything that will continue to put food on our tables and keep a roof over our heads.  Increasingly, more people are finding that working from home is a very realistic option.  It is one that may well continue long after official lockdowns are lifted, and some sectors return to a new form of normality.

For many of us, terms such as “lockdown”, “social distancing” and “home-schooling” have quickly become part of our everyday vocabulary.  Here we explore some of the job roles that are in high demand during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

healthcare workers
Healthcare Workers

The real frontline workers during the pandemic, doctors, nurses and other related health care professionals are in high demand.  Many associated roles will be looking to recruit, as well.



covid 19 food delivery

Food Delivery Drivers – The Food Chain

Drivers to deliver food are in high demand.  The demand may be anywhere in the food chain; from collecting from source and taking to warehouses, to supermarket and store deliveries to home deliveries for the supermarkets and stores.  As imports and exports have stopped, any role involved in food production is in demand.


Pharmacy Employees

For those pharmacies that are delivering to people’s homes, high demand means increasing staff to cope.

Track and Trace Operatives

The new role of tracking and tracing the population as a way to manage Covid-19 is in high demand and the role is one that is likely to be vital for some time.



news delivery during covid 19

Newspaper Delivery Drivers

As more people are either not allowed to, or prefer not to venture out.  Because people still like to see their news in a tangible printed form, demand for newspapers has increased as more people have time to read them.  Some are venturing out as far as a paper shop, but many require home delivery.  Therefore, job roles like newspaper delivery drivers have come into demand.


Newspaper Mailers

Just as those who deliver to homes from the local news store, newspaper companies are employing additional people to post out their newspapers to avid loyal readers.


Magazine Delivery Drivers

Along the same lines as newspaper delivery drivers, consumers are more eager than ever to keep up to date via their chosen industry or leisure magazine. Still, they cannot go out to collect it.  So in many places, bespoke drivers are bringing the magazines to them.


Magazine Mailers

Magazine subscriptions have increased massively, and therefore the mailing rooms have recruited additional staff to send it all out.



food store jobs covid 19

Food Store Workers

As some staff fall into high-risk groups or have to stay at home to look after children, stores are recruiting additional team members for the stores.  High demand for home delivery has led to additional personal shoppers being needed to fulfill the demand.


Security Guards

A demand for security guards has increased dramatically as many shopping malls, building sites, industrial units and factory sites are left unused but containing valuable stock.



covid 19 medical research

Medical Research and Development

Research and development staff are needed to try and find a cure for Covid-19 and immunization.



All logistics staff for a whole range of product movements are needed and all areas of logistics have vacancies to fill.


Manufacturing PPE

Manufacturing of medical-grade personal protective equipment will incorporate jobs that are still full-on as the pandemic continues.



robotics for covid 19 contactless treatment


Research and development and manufacturing of robotic equipment is a sector that is extremely busy at the moment as we seek out robots to utilize to avoid human contact.


Working from Home

Wherever possible people are working from home.  Any role that can be done remotely with a computer and a phone from home is being done from home.


Credit Unions / Food Banks /Advice

Credit unions and anywhere that citizens can obtain funds or food or even advice about how to cope will be in high demand as the crisis hardens. However, many of these roles are voluntary.



The audiobook giant Audible is recruiting into a number of roles as demand for their books grows.



amazon delivery covid 19


The online selling platform is recruiting as demand for home deliveries soar and many people turning to Amazon to buy.



Many freelancers were already working from home and whilst some have had to adapt to digital working, many freelance roles already embraced that ethos. Copywriters, translators, video editors and producers, online teachers, translators and website designers are all in high demand, despite the influx of people joining the self-employed freelance world every day, it is a busy sector.



Due to the current difficulties surrounding working at the traditional high rise office blocks of finance and insurance companies,  specialist Fintech and Insurtech companies who are fully functioning efficiently using digitalization and already online working will be strengthening.  In particular, companies such as FloodFlash who pay out to claimants based on the measurements their sensors take of the severity of the flood, with no need for loss adjuster visits or any other involvement.

Real Estate

Whilst generally real estate is an area that is likely to be negatively hit by the pandemic, those who work around the situation can grow their business.  So, real estate companies will be looking towards digital marketing and tech experts to help them.  Existing online real estate providers such as are already well placed to make the best of the situation.


Digital Learning Platforms

Anything connected with e-learning, digital learning and education is in growth.  In order to help parents and non-subject specialist teachers support young learners qualified teaching staff with thorough curriculum knowledge and good keyboard skills are in high demand.   Meanwhile, as adult education providers also have to move to online digital learning, there are considerable opportunities in this sector.  Also, as well as those with teaching skills, as this area grows the requirement for technical skills to build the learning platforms grows.




Anything that involves digital experience and engagement and can be executed via home working is in high demand.  Tech freelancers and tech companies are in high demand as the new normal is a new digital age.