5 Jobs Which Have Boomed During the Recession

The period since 2008 has had a profound effect on the UK job market and since the recession took hold, it has been a very difficult place to be. Jobs across all sectors have been hit and industries such as property, construction and manufacturing have seen particularly bad periods in the last four years. However, the impact of the recession has not been quite so severe for some, and there are a few sectors where jobs are being created, and where there is money to be made. Below are some examples of 5 jobs which have boomed during the recession.

1. Jobs in the services sector. It has been reported that the first quarter of 2012 saw the services sector grow at the quickest pace since the second quarter of 2010, which makes the services sector currently a great place to be. Jobs in travel, tourism, storage and communications are the kinds of roles that make up the services sector and all look set to continue to experience modest positive expansion for the foreseeable future.

2. Web design. During a recession most businesses will look for new ways to bring in new customers and clients, and to spread the news of the their products or services to as broad a range of people as possible. One of the cheapest methods of doing this is by making proper use of the highly effective communication channel that is the internet. As most businesses (and individuals) tend not to have the skills or knowledge required to set up a website, this means there have been huge opportunities for website design companies to pick up lots of new business and generate some success in difficult times.

3. Restructuring professionals. Given the number of companies looking at their internal structures to try and find new ways to make savings and increasing profits, it’s not surprising that consultants, lawyers, bankers and accountants with restructuring expertise are finding that their business has been steadily increasing since the start of the recession. With threats of a ‘double dip’ recession and recovery not expected for some considerable time, it’s likely that these types of jobs will continue to be in demand for the foreseeable future.

4. Renewable energy sector employees. Renewable energy is one of the few areas that is continuing to gather momentum, despite the tough times our economy is currently experiencing. Advisors, specialists and those with expertise in establishing green energy or enabling companies to ‘go green,’ are all seeing an increase in the demand for their business, despite the recession. As energy use targets come into play and businesses want to make the most of schemes rewarding companies that are energy efficient, the demand is likely to continue.

5. Freelancers. Cost cutting and job losses in a whole range of companies have resulted in a number of functions that would previously have been carried out by an internal employee being outsourced to freelancers. As a result those who offer services such as HR, accounting, copywriting and editing on a freelance basis have seen demand for their services increase significantly. Because freelancers can offer a lower hourly rate than a business would pay a permanent employee, and can be hired as and when the work is required (rather than paying an employee under contract to be in the office even if there is little work), freelancers are a much more cost effective option in cash strapped times.

These 5 jobs which have boomed during the recession prove that there is still some positive growth despite the negative economic conditions. Although these jobs might not be immediately accessible to everyone, with some retraining or repackaging of skills, these are areas that most people could potentially break into.

This was a guest post by Amy for Gatwick Diamond Jobs – a UK job board specializing in jobs in Crawley, Croydon and Gatwick