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Data and software development roles see increase in demand during COVID-19

Despite the negative effect that COVID-19 has had on many sectors and industries in the past few months, some sectors have seen demand grow, according to a report by Randstad. This includes data and software development roles, which saw increases of 1% and 8% respectively since the start of the pandemic.

Data engineering roles have risen 6% post-lockdown restrictions, plus in January 2020, these roles saw a 93% increase in jobs compared to December 2019.

“The economic slowdown brought about by the pandemic has forced companies to focus on what jobs and skills are truly essential, and how these roles can be carried out safely. It’s become clear that technology plays a critical part in ensuring a remote workforce is as efficient and productive as possible.” said Adam Nicoll, Randstad UK marketing director. 

“With this analysis, organisations can gain a detailed, data driven picture of the skills landscape during the pandemic and use this to make decisions based on market insight. We’ve also taken a qualitative look at the mindsets and behaviors of candidates working in these job families to provide companies with a more complete talent picture and help them shape their recruitment strategies.”

Sales and marketing roles saw the biggest drop in demand for roles, down 70% since lockdown began. Auditing jobs saw declines of 35% in March and 74% in April while data roles overall dropped 69% in April (despite demand remaining in certain job roles). There was also a 69% drop in roles in the finance sector in April. Software development, in comparison, has seen a less severe decline, down 57% in April.

Each job group has seen a decline in the demand for inexperienced talent in favour of mid-senior level roles, which are being seen advertised online.

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