Is Your Job a Dinosaur?

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If you are in administration, service-related, or support jobs, your days are numbered.

That is the opinion of a survey ominously titled “Pandemic: Job Positions Pandemic: Job Positions Permanently Disappear, and New Economy Job Positions Needed.” It was conducted by the World New Economy Council Ltd and saw 388 senior leaders taking part.

The survey noted that among the jobs that will disappear, 39% are administration-related, 20% concerning services, 11% will be from support-related, 8% are labor jobs, 6% are trainee positions, 5% are manager positions, 3% are professional jobs, and 8% are others.

While there is plenty to suggest that unemployment rates will continue to rise, actual employee numbers seem to buck the trend. In the survey, 15.46% of respondents reported that their companies' employee numbers decreased by less than 10%, with 5.67% saying that it dropped by more than 10%. 

In contrast, 6.19% of respondents noted an increase in employee numbers by less than 10% and 3.09% reported growth of more than 10%. The remaining respondents (69.59%) said that there was no change in the employee number in their companies.

The majority of respondents (95.88%) noted that their companies are still in operations. Only 0.77% reported company closures, 3.35% said that their companies are closed temporarily.

While business closures have not hit the proportions as expected, business models are shifting. Nearly half of the respondents (45.36%) said that their companies are adopting either a new business model or a new way of operating. New technology figured significantly, with 77.32% saying that it helped them to adapt to the new business model during the pandemic.

As a result of the new technologies and business models, there is now a demand for new job types. According to the respondents, 30% of these jobs are new economy IT development related, and 20% are related somewhat to healthcare. Another 17% are related to social media and e-commerce, while the same percentage figured for jobs for remote working, WFH and associated risk management.

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