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Jobs in Scotland – Changing due to Covid-19

Published: Thursday 7th January 2021

The current most popular jobs in Scotland are changing due to the ongoing pandemic. As the entire country begins another national lockdown, the latest State of the Economy report has been published by the Scottish Government. The report warns the Scottish economy may not return to pre-pandemic levels until the beginning of 2024. The report goes on to say this timeframe is dependent on the speed of the vaccine rollout being quick. As the Scottish economy continues to reel from the effects of the pandemic, it appears jobseekers are increasingly searching for specific roles. Part-time, finance and delivery driver positions are currently some of the most sought-after roles on Zoek across Scotland’s major cities.

Colourful shops in Edinburgh to reflect jobs in Scotland.

Part-time jobs in Edinburgh

Edinburgh continues to have the strongest economy outside of London. The city has a particularly strong finance sector, with major employers in the city including Virgin Money and Tesco Bank. Other notable industries providing jobs in and around they city include tourism, business services and logistics. Despite ongoing restrictions, many sectors are continuing to advertise jobs. There are currently around 30,000 live jobs on Zoek across Scotland.

As expected, major cities such as Edinburgh and Glasgow have most of these positions. Zoek averages around 8,000 available jobs in Edinburgh. One of the most popular types of job searches we are seeing for Scotland’s capital is for part-time work. We currently have 200+ part-time jobs in Edinburgh being advertised. These roles cover a variety of sectors, with some of the most in demand being in cleaning, administrative, care support and nursing.

Close-up image of a person collecting a delivery from doorstep to reflect most popular jobs in Scotland.

Skills in demand in Aberdeen

Known as the ‘Silver City’ and the capital of Europe’s oil industry, Aberdeen drives the north-east of Scotland’s economy. The region is responsible for a large percentage of Scotland’s output in areas such as fish, agriculture and food & drink. Furthermore, there are notable clusters of biological and life science businesses in and around Aberdeen. Reflecting this, Zoek currently has thousands of jobs available in Aberdeen. These roles are found across many different sectors and levels of seniority.

Some roles have become more popular because of the pandemic, and this is also true for Scotland’s major cities. Delivery driver jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK have surged thanks to the demand for online services. Hermes UK, for example, announced last year it was creating 10,000 new delivery driver jobs. Such demand has been seen by other major UK employers, including Tesco and Amazon. Of the approximately 100 driver jobs in Aberdeen currently being advertised on Zoek, the majority are delivery driver positions. Many of these do not require previous driving experience and are open to anyone with a full drivers’ license.

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Finance jobs in Glasgow

Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city by population and home to approximately 42,000 businesses. The region has many strong sectors, particularly finance, construction and business & hospitality services. Zoek currently has over 11,000 live jobs in Glasgow. Similar to other cities, part-time jobs remain in demand in the region. Zoek currently has over 1,200 part-time jobs in Glasgow. These cover sectors including healthcare, cleaning and customer service. Finance jobs in Glasgow are popular and there appears to still be good demand in this sector. Zoek currently has more than 400 financial jobs in Glasgow. These range from assistant and analysts positions to bookkeeping and management-level roles.

As part of our aim to help jobseekers and hirers match up more accurately and quickly, we will continue to provide focuses on the most in demand roles, skill sets and locations across the whole of the UK. Follow us HERE to keep up-to-date with our latest news, white papers and case studies.

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