This week we’ve marked the one year anniversary since the first national lockdown began in the UK.

On the 23rd March 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson made an announcement that all social contact must cease – and the rest is, as they say, history. Since then we’ve had months of Zoom quizzes, socially distanced walks with friends, and endless working from home.

This year, a UK-wide national day of reflection was held to mark the anniversary of the UK’s first COVID lockdown. We’re taking the opportunity to reflect on how the past twelve months have affected the way we work, the jobs market, and the employment outlook.

Job Board site, Monster, has posted its latest Employment Outlook report, based on a study of people between the ages of 18 and 67 who’re in employment globally.

The results are based the answers from a ten-minute survey given to each participant and provides us with an important insight into how employees are feeling about the future of their workplace and employment in general after a tumultuous twelve months.

Taking a look at the results of the study, we can see a largely positive picture overall. While some industries are struggling more than others, namely retail and hospitality due to the constant lockdowns globally, other sectors are hoping to thrive as we move past the first few months of 2021.

Those working in the retail and hospitality sectors have had an incredibly difficult year. March last year saw the first mass closures of these businesses, with many having to quickly adapt to offering their wares through the online world.

Now, it’s difficult for those working in these sectors to predict how the next few months will pan out, meaning the hiring outlook is a little unclear for now.

Overall though, the outlook appears to be bright. That’s according to General Manager of Monster, Derek Jenkins.

“I fundamentally believe that we will be in a better position this year, especially in the second half of 2021,” he said.

“We should expect more jobs and more candidates participating, and a lot more activity overall.”


The future is digital

74% are already using virtual technology for at least half of all candidate interviewing and new-hire onboarding. Over 15% of UK recruiters have gone fully virtual in their recruitment, but more than a quarter of global respondents are still struggling with it.

Opportunities to meet with potential candidates face-to-face last year were limited. Instead, the need for something safer, quicker and easier was increasing. The amount of virtual recruiting skyrocketed across the world as a result, especially here in Britain.

According to the latest data, there’s been a shift in the things that hiring managers are looking out for in potential candidates.

While the more conventional routes such as interviews and CVs are still very much at the forefront of the recruitment process, there’s been a global trend towards being more lenient when it comes to traditional candidate ‘red flags’. Moving from job to job in quick succession, having gaps in your employment history, and living outside of the company’s geographical location are all things that, in the past, would have counted against you.

Now? Not so much.


 The good news is that 65% of employers in the UK said they plan on hiring this year, with 35% of those planning to hire to replace or backfill staff, and 30% hiring for new positions within the company.

Not only good news for candidates looking for work, it’s looking rosy for businesses too! 93% of those looking to find new employees are confident that they’ll be able to find the just the right fit for the role, with the technology, manufacturing and enterprise industries leading the way globally when it comes to hiring confidence.

 But what are the skills that employers are on the hunt for? (and are so confident they’ll find?)

Dependability, collaboration, problem solving/critical thinking, and flexibility are the buzz words you’ll need to include on your CV when you’re applying for your next job! These are the most valued attributes that employers are looking for, according to Monster.






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