Every industry experienced its ups and downs between 2020 and 2021. Healthcare and Trades & Services consistently had the most vacancies, holding 45% of the jobs advertised over the two years. Trades & Services had 196,852 postings in 2021 alone. Not surprisingly with lockdowns, Hospitality was particularly volatile with a 78% increase in 2021 from 2020.
Meanwhile, Manufacturing, Transport, and Logistics has been in high demand, and ICT has seen a surge in Q2 and Q3 of 2021, at times ranking in the top 3 of all open positions. This makes some intuitive sense, as tech jobs – many of which can be completed remotely without interruption – were less likely to struggle during lockdowns, and likely saw some growth that spurred more hires.
It is also interesting to see the overall growth of job openings in Retail. Between the end of Q1 until the end of Q4 in 2021, Retail jobs saw small but measurable improvements in new openings, ahead of early 2020’s numbers, even before the pandemic hit.
Most industries loosely tracked the overall job market, as we can see consistent dips in Q1 2020, Q1 2021, and the beginning of Q4 2021, but the rebounds were far stronger in industries like Manufacturing and Trade.
Sales has also not seen the same rebound as other industries have, starting and ending lower than almost every other industry since March 2020. As a broad category, it is unlikely that there is any one single reason that sales jobs have struggled, but COVID has caused several companies to lean on automation, while also taking away common sales tactics, like in-person networking, both of which may have affected the market.