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The labor market after COVID-19: what vacancies will be in demand in the USA and the world

Layoffs, layoffs, self-employment - Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have applied for unemployment benefits every week. However, in some companies, the crisis, on the contrary, provoked a shortage of personnel, says "Voice of America".

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Back in March, the largest retailer in the world, Amazon announced plans to hire 100 employees. Jobs are also open in popular grocery delivery services and retail chains.

“We order everything online, and it seems to me that in the near future, people will still be uncomfortable going to the shops,” says Elizabeth Malatestik of Indiana University. "So this segment of the trade will continue to grow, creating jobs, jobs for logistics and truck drivers."

In the post-crisis time, demand will also increase for medical workers. According to experts, more and more companies are hiring full-time doctors, and some even create special medical units.

Growth is also predicted among companies involved in cleaning and disinfection of premises. The increase in electronic payments, remote work will inevitably entail a demand for high-tech specialists. According to the executive director of Robert Half, one of the world's largest hiring companies, the ability to code, analyze data, as well as knowledge of e-commerce and banking services will be in demand.

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“There will be a need for specialists to ensure the uninterrupted operation of systems, technical support, in particular in the banking segment,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. “We are also seeing an increase in job openings for mortgage processing specialists. Interest rates are still low, so mortgage refinancing has intensified. Demand for loan processing specialists has also increased as the government has allocated funds for many organizations. ”

The work schedule will also affect the work schedule. According to research from Gallup, about 60% of Americans work remotely. More than half of them prefer to maintain this regime after the pandemic. At the same time, the highest percentage of those wishing to stay at home is among employees of the high technology, art, finance and insurance market.

But education, trade, transport and construction workers most of all want to return to normal mode.

“Working from home creates opportunities for people who need flexible hours,” explains Erin Hatton of the University of Buffalo. - As well as people with small children or people with disabilities. Anyone who has been unsuccessfully looking for such an opportunity for many years. On the other hand, this experience has shown us that, for example, I do not have the professional skills for distance learning. And teaching remotely isn't as good. Some things just aren't meant to work from home. ”

Remote work, however, can benefit not only employees, but also employers. In this case, experts say, true globalization can wait for the labor market.

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“If your staff works remotely, it gives you the opportunity to hire employees anywhere. You are not limited by geography, emphasizes Paul MacDonald. - You can be in New York and hire people from Kansas City. But there is a problem here: how to create a sense of belonging to the common cause among the employees ”.

After COVID-19, the very understanding of corporate culture will change. For millions of people around the world, work, home and study have become one whole for several months. The consequences of this regime have yet to be seen. But, according to studies, more than half of the youngest generation Z prefer temporary work over full time.

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