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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Jobs

COVID19 Impact on Job

The spread of COVID-19 throughout the globe is, first of all, a human tragedy, affecting the health of hundreds of thousands of people. To curb the spread of COVID-19, a combination of flight cancellations and restrictions has almost entirely halted international travel. The impact of the pandemic on employment has been immediate and significant. The consequences of measures taken worldwide to restrain the pandemic are having a growing impact on the global economy.

According to a report by the International Labor Organization (ILO), the COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted thousands of businesses, directly affecting 2.7 billion workers (about 81% of the world workforce) worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered one of the worst jobs crises in peacetime since the Great Depression. There is a real danger that the crisis will increase misery and widen inequalities, with the impact felt for years to come. Reconstructing a better and more resilient labor market is an essential investment in the future and future generations.

The COVID-19 crisis has had more adverse impacts on the demand for jobs requiring lower qualifications. Almost all job losses have been among workers with less than a bachelor’s degree. Specifically, 97 percent of workers with no high school degree, a high school degree, or some college (including associate’s degree holders) lost their jobs.

Groups most affected by pandemic are overrepresented in close-contact industries. Job losses generally have been concentrated among women, younger workers, and less-educated workers, because they make up a disproportionately large share of the workforce in close-contact industries that have been hardest hit by the pandemic. These industries include personal care services, which include hairstylists, barbers, nail salon workers, and massage therapists; accommodations and food services, which includes restaurant and hotel workers; and entertainment and recreation, which includes staff at gyms, amusement parks, e.c. The next important area is tourism-a major driver of jobs and growth. But COVID-19 has dramatically changed this. The impact on tourism enterprises and workers, the majority being young women, is unprecedented. The World Travel and Tourism Council has recently warned the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a cut of 50 million jobs worldwide in the travel and tourism industry.

Teachers have had to adapt to a world of almost universal distance education as nearly 94 percent of all learners have faced school closures. Most teachers and their organizations have embraced this challenge, although in many developing countries teachers lack the skills and equipment to provide distance education effectively.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the construction sector, which is sensitive to economic cycles. Yet, on the upside, construction holds much potential to stimulate recovery, thanks to its potential to create jobs; and in turn, recovery measures can support the sector’s transformation towards sustainability and digitalization.

The viability of the textiles, clothing, leather, and footwear industries is also unraveling, as workers are told to stay at home, factories close, and global supply chains grind to a halt. The cancellation of orders has hit thousands of firms and millions of workers particularly hard.

Workplaces, particularly those that employ migrant workers and those in the informal economy, have taken center stage in the containment of the COVID-19 virus.
Food retail workers have emerged as a new category of frontline services during this pandemic.

In the context of the global crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we are aware that healthcare workers are the first line of defense to combat this disease. While some Healthcare providers are considering leaving healthcare due to increasing stress, the number of college applications for many healthcare professions has skyrocketed. Healthcare jobs are projected to grow 14% between 2018 and 2028, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s nearly three times the average growth rate for all other occupations.

The changing nature of work due to COVID-19 containment measures led to an increase in the share of job postings advertising “working from home”, “remote work” as a required condition. Despite the fact that many jobs and professions have lost their place and importance in this period, it should be noted that at the same time the demand for couriers, call center staff, digital marketing, optimization, and automation specialists, and e-commerce staff is growing day by day. With declining sales, skilled sales managers and product marketers can become a lifeline for all businesses.

Developers with experience working in the field of programming online games or telecommunications platforms may not worry too much about their income.

Based on the above, professionals who have lost their jobs, and have the above experiences or skills, should be involved in these areas. You may look here for new vacancies.

About the Author
Anna Sardaryan is a Master of Public Administration. She is a freelance copywriter at Jooble, who loves to write about everything: culture, philosophy of life, travel, marketing, job, and professions. She enjoys reading and playing table tennis with her son and friends.

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